Bulletin of Chinese Academy of Sciences (Chinese Version)


Asian Water Tower; water vapor transportation; monsoon; westerly; observation; numerical simulation

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The Tibetan Plateau is known as the "Asian Water Tower". In the past 50 years, global warming has accelerated the water cycle over the Asian Water Tower. The current understanding on the key processes of water vapor transport over the Asian Water Tower and the behind mechanisms are reviewed in this paper, via the climatology, long-term trend, and interannual variability, respectively. This review further suggests that it is urgent to understand the tempo-spatial changes, mechanisms, and impact of water vapor transport processes over the Asian Water Tower. Therefore, future research should improve capabilities on observation, diagnosis, dynamical mechanism, detection and attribution, as well as numerical simulation.

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