Patterns of millennial variability over the last 500 ka

Siddall, M.; Rohling, E. J.; Spahni, Renato; Blunier, T. (2010). Patterns of millennial variability over the last 500 ka. Climate of the past, 6(3), pp. 295-303. Göttingen: Copernicus Publications 10.5194/cp-6-295-2010

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Millennial variability is a robust feature of many paleoclimate records, at least throughout the last several glacial cycles. Here we use the mean signal from Antarctic climate events 1 to 4 to probe the EPICA Dome C temperature proxy reconstruction through the last 500 ka for similar millennial-scale events. We find that clusters of millennial events occurred in a regular fashion over half of the time during this with a mean recurrence interval of 21 kyr. We find that there is no consistent link between ice-rafted debris deposition and millennial variability. Instead we speculate that changes in the zonality of atmospheric circulation over the North Atlantic form a viable alternative to freshwater release from icebergs as a trigger for millennial variability. We suggest that millennial changes in the zonality of atmospheric circulation over the North Atlantic are linked to precession via sea-ice feedbacks and that this relationship is modified by the presence of the large, Northern Hemisphere ice sheets during glacial periods.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Spahni, Renato

ISSN:

1814-9324

Publisher:

Copernicus Publications

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:16

Last Modified:

16 Dec 2014 10:37

Publisher DOI:

10.5194/cp-6-295-2010

Web of Science ID:

000279390500002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.4629

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/4629 (FactScience: 209136)

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