Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4757–4770, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4757-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 4757–4770, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4757-2016

Research article 18 Apr 2016

Research article | 18 Apr 2016

Precipitation and synoptic regime in two extreme years 2009 and 2010 at Dome C, Antarctica – implications for ice core interpretation

Elisabeth Schlosser et al.

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Striking differences in the atmospheric flow and thus weather conditions in 2009 and 2010 at the Antarctic deep ice core drilling site Dome C were investigated using a mesoscale atmospheric model and precipitation measurements, and implications for interpretation of ice cores are discussed. Stable isotope ratios are commonly used to derive paleotemperatures and are strongly influenced by the prevailing atmospheric flow regime, namely a strong zonal flow or a highly meriodional flow.
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