Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 11, 2345–2361, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 2345–2361, 2017

Research article 20 Oct 2017

Research article | 20 Oct 2017

The influence of the synoptic regime on stable water isotopes in precipitation at Dome C, East Antarctica

Elisabeth Schlosser et al.

Data sets

Three-year monitoring of stable isotopes of precipitation at Concordia Station, East Antarctica B. Stenni, C. Scarchilli, V. Masson-Delmotte, E. Schlosser, V. Ciardini, G. Dreossi, P. Grigioni, M. Bonazza, A. Cagnati, D. Karlicek, C. Risi, R. Udisti, and M. Valt

Short summary
To derive paleotemperatures from ice cores we must know all processes involved in ice formation. At the Antarctic base Dome C, a unique precipitation data set plus stable water isotope data enabled us to study atmospheric processes influencing isotope ratios of precipitation in detail. Meteorological data from both automatic weather station and an atmospheric model were used to investigate how different atmospheric flow patterns determine the precipitation parameters used in paleoclimatology.