Sixty Years of Widespread Warming in the Southern Middle and High Latitudes (1957-2016)

Jones, Megan E.; Bromvvich, David H.; Nicolas, Julien P.; Carrasco, Jorge; Plavcova, Eva; Zou, Xun; Wang, Sheng-Hung


Temperature trends across Antarctica over the last few decades reveal strong and statistically significant warming in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) contrasting with no significant change overall in East Antarctica. However, recent studies have documented cooling in the AP since the late 1990s. This study aims to place temperature changes in the AP and West Antarctica into a larger spatial and temporal perspective by analyzing monthly station-based surface temperature observations since 1957 across the extratropical Southern Hemisphere, along with sea surface temperature (SST) data and mean sea level pressure reanalysis data. The results confirm statistically significant cooling in station observations and SST trends throughout the AP region since 1999. However, the full 60-yr period shows statistically significant, widespread warming across most of the Southern Hemisphere middle and high latitudes. Positive SST trends broadly reflect these warming trends, especially in the midlatitudes. After confirming the importance of the southern annular mode (SAM) on southern high-latitude climate variability, the influence is removed from the station temperature records, revealing statistically significant background warming across all of the extratropical Southern Hemisphere. Antarctic temperature trends in a suite of climate models from phase 5 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) are then investigated. Consistent with previous work the CMIP5 models warm Antarctica at the background temperature rate that is 2 times faster than that observed. However, removing the SAM influence from both CMIP5 and observed temperatures results in Antarctic trends that differ only modestly, perhaps due to natural multidecadal variability remaining in the observations.

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Título según WOS: Sixty Years of Widespread Warming in the Southern Middle and High Latitudes (1957-2016)
Título según SCOPUS: Sixty years of widespread warming in the southern middle and high latitudes (1957–2016)
Título de la Revista: JOURNAL OF CLIMATE
Volumen: 32
Número: 20
Editorial: American Meteorological Society
Fecha de publicación: 2019
Página de inicio: 6875
Idioma: English