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Volume 7, issue 3
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 549–558, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-549-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 549–558, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-549-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Short communication 08 Jul 2016

Short communication | 08 Jul 2016

A Lagrangian analysis of the present-day sources of moisture for major ice-core sites

Anita Drumond et al.

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A Lagrangian approach was used to identify the moisture sources for fourteen ice-core sites located worldwide for the present climate. The approach computed budgets of evaporation minus precipitation by calculating changes in the specific humidity along 10-day backward trajectories. The results indicate that the oceanic regions around the subtropical high-pressure centers provide most of moisture, and their contribution varies throughout the year following the annual cycles of the centers.
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