High-Resolution Evidence for Middle Holocene East Asian Winter and Summer Monsoon Variations: Snapshots of Fossil Coral Records

Ryuji Asami, Natsumi Yoshimura, Hiroto Toriyabe, Shogo Minei, Ryuichi Shinjo, Chuki Hongo, Takashi Sakamaki, Kazuhiko Fujita

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Abstract

We first generated 53-, 4-, 10-, and 9-year-long bimonthly time series of oxygen isotopes (δ18O), Sr/Ca, and U/Ca from 4.4 and 4.9 ka corals in Okinawa, Japan. Results indicate that the mid-Holocene sea surface temperature (SST) and seawater δ18O were <1°C lower and 0.1–0.2‰ higher than today. Spectral analyses of reconstructed SST and seawater δ18O time series revealed East Asia monsoon (EAM) and El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) variations. Moreover, the latter had a dominant component of decade-scale hydrologic variations. The Sr/Ca and U/Ca variations with removal of the ENSO component showed larger fluctuations by ~2°C in winter and ~0.6°C in summer at 4.4 ka relative to today, demonstrating (slightly) greater influences of the EAM variation on the northwestern subtropical Pacific in winter (summer) at that time, which are probably caused by enhancement of the EAM intensity and/or a southward migration of the latitudinal circulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2020GL088509
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume47
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 28

Keywords

  • East Asian Monsoon
  • fossil coral
  • middle Holocene
  • oxygen isotope composition
  • sea surface temperature
  • Sr/Ca and U/Ca

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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