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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 8, 5 (2008) 1352
Black carbon record based on a shallow Himalayan ice core and its climatic implications
J. Ming 1, 2, H. Cachier 3, C. Xiao 1, 2, D. Qin 2, S. Kang 2, 4, S. Hou 2, J. Xu 2
(06/03/2008)

A continuous measurement for black carbon (hereafter "BC") in a 40 m shallow ice core retrieved from the East Rongbuk Glacier (hereafter "ERG") in the northeast saddle of Mt. Qomolangma (Everest) provided the first historical record of BC deposition during the past ~50 yrs in the high Himalyas. Apparent increasing trend (smooth average) of BC concentrations was revealed since the mid-1990s. Seasonal variability of BC concentrations in the ice core indicated higher concentrations in monsoon seasons than those in non-monsoon seasons. Backward air trajectory analysis by the HYSPLIT model indicated that South Asia's BC emissions had significant impacts on the BC deposition in the Mt. Qomolangma (Everest) region. The estimated average atmospheric BC concentration in the region was about 80 ng m-3 during 1951–2001. And it was suggested BC emitted from South Asia could penetrate into the Tibetan Plateau by climbing over the elevated Himalayas. A significant increasing trend of the radiative forcing simulated by the SNICAR model appeared since 1990, which even exceeded 4.5 W m-2 in the summer of 2001. It was suggested that this amplitudes of BC concentrations in the atmosphere over the Himalayas and consequently in the ice in the glaciers could not be neglected when assessing the dual warming effects on glacier melting in the Himalayas.
1 :  Institute of Climate System
Institute of Climate System
2 :  State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Sciences
Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute
3 :  Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement [Gif-sur-Yvette] (LSCE - UMR 8212)
CNRS : UMR8212 – CEA : DSM/LSCE – Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ)
4 :  Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research
Planète et Univers/Océan, Atmosphère
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