Two-phase change in CO2, Antarctic temperature and global climate during Termination II

Landais, A.; Dreyfus, G.; Capron, E.; Jouzel, J.; Masson-Delmotte, V.; Roche, D. M.; Prié, F.; Caillon, N.; Chappellaz, J.; Leuenberger, Markus; Lourantou, A.; Parrenin, F.; Raynaud, D.; Teste, G. (2013). Two-phase change in CO2, Antarctic temperature and global climate during Termination II. Nature geoscience, 6(12), pp. 1062-1065. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/NGEO1985

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The end of the Last Glacial Maximum (Termination I), roughly 20 thousand years ago (ka), was marked by cooling in the Northern Hemisphere, a weakening of the Asian monsoon, a rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations and warming over Antarctica. The sequence of events associated with the previous glacial–interglacial transition (Termination II), roughly 136 ka, is less well constrained. Here we present high-resolution records of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and isotopic composition of N2—an atmospheric temperature proxy—from air bubbles in the EPICA Dome C ice core that span Termination II. We find that atmospheric CO2 concentrations and Antarctic temperature started increasing in phase around 136 ka, but in a second phase of Termination II, from 130.5 to 129 ka, the rise in atmospheric CO2 concentrations lagged that of Antarctic temperature unequivocally. We suggest that during this second phase, the intensification of the low-latitude hydrological cycle resulted in the development of a CO2 sink, which counteracted the CO2 outgassing from the Southern Hemisphere oceans over this period.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

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Leuenberger, Markus


500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology




Nature Publishing Group




Monika Wälti-Stampfli

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29 Sep 2014 13:47

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05 Dec 2022 14:32

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