Slowdown of the Walker circulation driven by tropical Indo-Pacific warming

@article{Tokinaga2012SlowdownOT,
  title={Slowdown of the Walker circulation driven by tropical Indo-Pacific warming},
  author={Hiroki Tokinaga and Shang-Ping Xie and Clara Deser and Yu Kosaka and Yuko M. Okumura},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={491},
  pages={439-443}
}
Global mean sea surface temperature (SST) has risen steadily over the past century, but the overall pattern contains extensive and often uncertain spatial variations, with potentially important effects on regional precipitation. Observations suggest a slowdown of the zonal atmospheric overturning circulation above the tropical Pacific Ocean (the Walker circulation) over the twentieth century. Although this change has been attributed to a muted hydrological cycle forced by global warming, the… CONTINUE READING
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