Journal of Geographical Sciences

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 208–216

Influence of Arctic Oscillation on winter climate over China

  • Gong Daoyi
  • Wang Shaowu


In this study the relationship between the Arctic Oscillation (AO) and climate in China in boreal winter are investigated. Correlation analysis for the last 41 years shows that the winter temperature and precipitation in China change in phase with AO. High positive correlation (>0.4) between temperature and AO appears in the northern China. High correlation coefficients between precipitation and AO cover the southern China (close to the South China Sea) and the central China (between 30°-40°N and east of 100°E), with the values varying between +0.3 and +0.4. It is found that during the past several decades the precipitation was strongly affected by AO, but for the temperature the Siberian High plays a more important role. At the interdecadal time scale the AO has significant influence on both temperature and precipitation. Multivariate regression analysis demonstrates that AO and the Siberian High related variance in temperature and precipitation is 35% and 11% respectively. For precipitation, however the portion is rather low, implying that some other factors may be responsible for the changes in precipitation, in addition to AO and the Siberian High.

Key words

Arctic Oscillation climate China 

CLC number

P461 P467 


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© Springer 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gong Daoyi
    • 1
  • Wang Shaowu
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural DisasterInstitute of Resources Science, Beijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Atmospheric SciencePeking UniversityBeijingChina

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