Projections of East Asian summer monsoon under 1.5 °C and 2 °C warming goals

  • Lin Chen
  • Xia Qu
  • Gang HuangEmail author
  • Yuanfa Gong
Original Paper


Based on 1.5 °C and 2.0 °C warming experiments of Community Earth System Model, this study documents future changes in the East Asian summer monsoon (EASM) and associated monsoon precipitation. The model reproduces reasonably well the climatology of East Asian summer rainfall. All ensemble means show an increase in EASM intensity and associated precipitation over most parts of the East Asian region in 1.5 °C “never-exceed” (1.5degNE), 1.5 °C “overshoot” (1.5degOS), and 2.0 °C (2.0degNE) experiments. There is no significant difference in the future changes in EASM intensity, EASM precipitation, and its location among the three scenarios. A moisture budget analysis demonstrates that the increased precipitation over East Asia in three scenarios should be ascribed to the changes in evaporation, vertical motion, and humidity. The contributions of these three dominant terms increase sequentially under 1.5degNE, 1.5degOS, and 2degNE scenarios. However, the differences among the three scenarios are quite small in three dominant terms. Over East Asia, the contributions of evaporation and vertical motion are generally larger than that of humidity to the domain-averaged EASM rainfall in each scenario.



We sincerely thank the Editor and the anonymous reviewer for their valuable comments and suggestions to improve the quality of this manuscript. We gratefully acknowledge the NCAR for the release of the CESM low warming experiment products.

Funding information

This work was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDA20060501), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41831175, 41425019, 41721004 and 41661144016).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Atmospheric SciencesChengdu University of Information TechnologyChengduChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Laboratory for Regional Oceanography and Numerical Modeling, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  4. 4.Joint Center for Global Change Studies (JCGCS)BeijingChina
  5. 5.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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