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Advances in Earth Science  2011, Vol. 26 Issue (6): 624-630    DOI: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2011.06.0624
The Relationship between Decadal Variation of Sand-Dust Storm in North China and Decadal Variability of North Atlantic AirSea System
Li Yaohui, Sun Guowu, Zhang Liang, Duan Haixia
Institute of Arid Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration; Key (Open) Laboratory of Arid Climatic Change and Reducing Disaster of Gansu Province (China Meteorological Administration), Lanzhou730020, China
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 In this paper, the characteristics between the decadal variation of sand-storm in north China and decadal variability of thermohaline circulation (THC) in recent 50 years are analyzed. It is found that there are some relationships between the sand-dust storm and THC. Further analyses indicate the primary process of this following relationship:  THC influences on NAO, NAO on Siberia high, Siberia high on cold air activities, and then, on the sanddust storm. The results show that when THC is strong (weak), NAO is weak (strong), Siberia and north winds  in surface are strong (weak), sanddust storms are more (less). Moreover, a remarkable variation from the end of the 1970’s to the beginning of 1980’s is also found that THC, Siberia high and north wind changed from strong to weak, NAO from weak to strong and sanddust storm in north China obviously decreased.

Key words:  Thermohaline circulation      Sand-dust storm in North China      Relationship      Evolution process     
Received:  04 June 2010      Published:  10 June 2011
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Li Yaohui, Sun Guowu, Zhang Liang, Duan Haixia. The Relationship between Decadal Variation of Sand-Dust Storm in North China and Decadal Variability of North Atlantic AirSea System. Advances in Earth Science, 2011, 26(6): 624-630.

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