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Future loss of Arctic sea-ice cover could drive a substantial decrease in California’s rainfall

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, December 2017
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102 news outlets
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10 blogs
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116 tweeters
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4 Facebook pages
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4 Google+ users
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2 Redditors

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Title
Future loss of Arctic sea-ice cover could drive a substantial decrease in California’s rainfall
Published in
Nature Communications, December 2017
DOI 10.1038/s41467-017-01907-4
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Authors

Ivana Cvijanovic, Benjamin D. Santer, Céline Bonfils, Donald D. Lucas, John C. H. Chiang, Susan Zimmerman, Cvijanovic, Ivana, Santer, Benjamin D, Bonfils, Céline, Lucas, Donald D., Chiang, John C H, Zimmerman, Susan

Abstract

From 2012 to 2016, California experienced one of the worst droughts since the start of observational records. As in previous dry periods, precipitation-inducing winter storms were steered away from California by a persistent atmospheric ridging system in the North Pacific. Here we identify a new link between Arctic sea-ice loss and the North Pacific geopotential ridge development. In a two-step teleconnection, sea-ice changes lead to reorganization of tropical convection that in turn triggers an anticyclonic response over the North Pacific, resulting in significant drying over California. These findings suggest that the ability of climate models to accurately estimate future precipitation changes over California is also linked to the fidelity with which future sea-ice changes are simulated. We conclude that sea-ice loss of the magnitude expected in the next decades could substantially impact California's precipitation, thus highlighting another mechanism by which human-caused climate change could exacerbate future California droughts.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 64 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 16 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 23%
Unspecified 8 13%
Student > Master 5 8%
Student > Bachelor 4 6%
Other 16 25%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 23 36%
Unspecified 14 22%
Environmental Science 13 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 8%
Social Sciences 3 5%
Other 6 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 959. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 10 December 2018.
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#3,471
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Outputs from Nature Communications
#67
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Outputs of similar age
#239
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Outputs of similar age from Nature Communications
#5
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