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Climate change and the South Asian summer monsoon

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The vagaries of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall on short and long timescales impact the lives of more than one billion people. Understanding how the monsoon will change in the face of global warming is a challenge for climate science, not least because our state-of-the-art general circulation models still have difficulty simulating the regional distribution of monsoon rainfall. However, we are beginning to understand more about processes driving the monsoon, its seasonal cycle and modes of variability. This gives us the hope that we can build better models and ultimately reduce the uncertainty in our projections of future monsoon rainfall.

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A.G.T. is financially supported by a Natural Environment Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship grant NE/H015655/1. H.A. acknowledges the support of the Office of Science (Biological and Environmental Research) US Department of Energy, grant DE-FG02-07ER6445 and the institutional grants (Japan Agency for Marine–Earth Science and Technology, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) of the International Pacific Research Center. The authors wish to thank N. Hilbert for assistance in producing the schematic in Fig. 1.

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    • Andrew G. Turner
  2. International Pacific Research Center, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, 1680 East West Road, POST building 401, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA

    • H. Annamalai

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