EGU General Assembly 2020
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Modelling the Interaction between Tibet and Climate and Biosphere during the Cenozoic.

Paul Valdes1, Alex Farnsworth1, Tao Su2, Robert Spicer2, Lin Ding3, Shufeng Li2, Zhekun Zhou2, and Shihu Li4
Paul Valdes et al.
  • 1University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (
  • 2CAS Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mengla 666303, China
  • 3Key Laboratory of Continental Collision and Plateau Uplift, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, and Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
  • 4Lancaster Environment Centre, University of Lancaster, UK. LA1 4YQ

The Cenozoic uplift history of Tibet and its impact on the Asian monsoon and vegetation is complex. The building of the Tibetan Plateau is not a simple story of the rise of a single geological entity driven by the relentless northward passage of India as depicted in numerous modelling exercises, but was a complex process involving a succession of collisions of several Gondwanan terranes with Asia. The talk will review our current understanding of the uplift history of Tibet and show new climate model simulations of how Tibet has influenced climate, vegetation and biodiversity in the region. We make use of isotope-enabled Earth System models, as well as high resolution models to show that the complex history of Tibet has important consequences for understanding the evolution of both the summer and winter Asian monsoon. We show that post-Oligocene growth of north and north-eastern Tibet is crucial for the evolution of vegetation and biodiversity in the region by altering the strength of the winter monsoon system over Asia.

How to cite: Valdes, P., Farnsworth, A., Su, T., Spicer, R., Ding, L., Li, S., Zhou, Z., and Li, S.: Modelling the Interaction between Tibet and Climate and Biosphere during the Cenozoic., EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-7711,, 2020

This abstract will not be presented.