PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2002, Vol. 21 ›› Issue (4): 311-317.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2002.04.003

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New Understandings on the Historical Temperature Changes in China

GE Quan sheng1, FANG Xiu qi1,2, ZHENG Jing yun1   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research,CAS, Beijing 100101 China;
    2. Department of Geography, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875
  • Received:2002-04-01 Revised:2002-06-01 Online:2002-07-24 Published:2002-07-24

Abstract: years passed since Prof. Chu Ko chen published his famous article "A Preliminary Study on the Climate Fluctuations During the Past 5000 Years in China" in 1972, which drew the outline of the historical temperature change of China. In the past 30 years, great progresses have been made in historical temperature change in China. Six aspects of new understandings on temperature changes in China are summarized in this paper: (1) confirming the major cold periods found by Prof. Chu and subdividing them in detail; (2) newly identifying out the Zhanguo Cold Period and the Mid Tang Dynasty Cold Period; (3) proving that the MWP was existed in China and it was the warmest stage during the past 2000 years; (4) finding that the warm periods of the East Han Dynasty and the Tang Dynasty are not as warm as estimated by Prof. Chu; (5) discovering the 1350a period of temperature change in China; (6) estimating on the range and rate of temperature change in the past 2000 years. The new understandings above supports as a whole the outline of the historical temperature change of China drawn by Prof. Chu 30 years ago, ans also improves the understanding of the regularities of historical temperature change in China.

Key words: China, historical time, Temperature change

CLC Number: 

  • P467