Caspian Sea level fluctuations as a consequence of regional climatic change:
The Caspian Sea, the largest continental lake, without discharge, has experienced a sea level decrease of nearly 3 m since approximately 1930. This process was inverted in 1977 so that the earlier conditions are nearly replaced again.
Based on climate data covering the period 1961–1990, it is statistically shown that this recent sea level increase was caused by a significant change of the regional wind patterns. A detailed analysis of this phenomenon shows how large-scale climate change can lead to pronounced consequences at the regional scale.