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Response of high-mountain Altai thermal regime to climate global warming of recent decades

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Bezuglova N., Zinchenko G., Malygina N., Papina T., Barlyaeva T.,
Project Global Change and Mountain Regions: the Mountain Research Initiative Coordination Office
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Theoretical and Applied Climatology
Title of proceedings Theoretical and Applied Climatology
DOI 10.1007/s00704-012-0710-2


The paper presents a brief climatic characteristic and statistical analysis on dynamics of thermal regime in Altai Mountains. The close correlation between temperature series of the Russian and northern part of Mongolian Altai was determined. It was found that the rate of temperature increase for the period under consideration (1940–2008) ranged from 0.19 to 0.53 °С/10 years, and the most significant increase was registered during the cold seasons. During the maximum global warming (1980–1999), a 2–4.5 times increase of annual average temperature was observed as compared to the period of 1940–1979. The temperature series variations obtained with the Welch's method and wavelet analysis correspond to the periods of North Atlantic Oscillation and solar activity variation.