The association between solar activity and Asian monsoon (AM) remains unclear. Here we evaluate the possible connection between them based on a precisely-dated, high-resolution speleothem oxygen isotope record from Dongge Cave, southwest China during the past 4.2 thousand years (ka). Without being adjusted chronologically to the solar signal, our record shows a distinct peak-to-peak correlation with cosmogenic nuclide 14 °C, total solar irradiance (TSI), and sunspot number (SN) at multi-decadal to centennial timescales. Further cross-wavelet analyses between our calcite 18O and atmospheric 14 °C show statistically strong coherence at three typical periodicities of ∼80, 200 and 340 years, suggesting important roles of solar activities in modulating AM changes at those timescales. Our result has further indicated a better correlation between our calcite Î́ 18 O record and atmospheric 14 C than between our record and TSI. This better correlation may imply that the Sun-monsoon connection is dominated most likely by cosmic rays and oceanic circulation (both associated to atmospheric 14°C), instead of the direct solar heating (TSI).
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This work was jointly supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China grants (Nos. 41130210, 41172314 and 41230524) and National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2013CB955902). U-Th dating at the HISPEC was supported by the Taiwan ROC MOST and NTU grants (Nos. 101-2116-M-002-009, 102-2116-M-002-016, and 101R7625).