Geography and Natural Resources

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 158–165 | Cite as

Influence of the atmospheric circulation on ice-thermal processes on Baikal during 1950–2010

  • L. N. Sizova
  • L. N. Kuimova
  • M. N. Shimaraev
Research in the Baikal Watershed


A study is made of the influence of the large-scale atmospheric circulation, described by the indices of Northern Hemisphere Teleconnection Patterns, on air temperature and ice-thermal characteristics of Lake Baikal for the time interval 1950–2010. Multiple linear regression equations have been obtained to account for 46–47% of the air temperature changes during the winter, spring and autumn seasons, and for 18% during the summer season. The main contribution to air temperature change for separate seasons (except in the summertime) and ice-thermal characteristics is made by the fluctuations of the AO and NAO indices characterizing the west-east transport of air masses, and of the SCAND and Sh indices of the mechanisms blocking this transport.


air temperature ice phenomena water temperature atmospheric circulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. N. Sizova
    • 1
  • L. N. Kuimova
    • 1
  • M. N. Shimaraev
    • 1
  1. 1.Limnological Institute, Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesIrkutskRussia

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