Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Research article
10 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 10 Dec 2018

Using paleoclimate reconstructions to analyse hydrological epochs associated with Pacific decadal variability

Lanying Zhang, George Kuczera, Anthony S. Kiem, and Garry Willgoose

Data sets

Interdecadal Pacific variability and eastern Australian megadroughts over the last millennium T. R. Vance, J. L. Roberts, C. T. Plummer, A. S. Kiem, and T. D. van Ommen

A Pacific interdecadal climate oscillation with impacts on salmon production N. J. Mantua, S. R. Hare, Y. Zhang, J. M. Wallace, and R. C. Francis<1069:APICOW>2.0.CO;2

ENSO-like interdecadal variability: 1900-93 Y. Zhang, J. M. Wallace, and D. S. Battisti<1004:ELIV>2.0.CO;2

North Pacific decadal climate variability since 1661 F. Biondi, A. Gershunov, and R. R. Cayan<0005:NPDCVS>2.0.CO;2

Tree-ring estimates of Pacific decadal climate variability R. D'Arrigo, R. Villalba, and G. Wiles

Interdecadal climate variability and regime-scale shifts in Pacific North America Z. Gedalof and D. J. Smith

Interdecadal-decadal climate variability from multicoral oxygen isotope records in the South Pacific Convergence Zone region since 1650 AD B. K. Linsley, P. Zhang, A. Kaplan, S. S. Howe, and G. M. Wellington

Global signatures and dynamical origins of the Little Ice Age and Medieval Climate Anomaly M. E. Mann, Z. Zhang, S. Rutherford, R. S. Bradley, M. K. Hughes, D. Shindell, C. Ammann, G. Faluvegi, and F. Ni

A unified proxy for ENSO and PDO variability since 1650 S. McGregor, A. Timmermann, and O. Timm

Short summary
Analyses of run lengths of Pacific decadal variability (PDV) suggest that there is no significant difference between run lengths in positive and negative phases of PDV and that it is more likely than not that the PDV run length has been non-stationary in the past millennium. This raises concerns about whether variability seen in the instrumental record (the last ~100 years), or even in the shorter 300–400 year paleoclimate reconstructions, is representative of the full range of variability.