Millennial and sub-millennial scale climatic variations recorded in polar ice cores over the last glacial period

Type Article
Date 2010
Language English
Author(s) Capron E.1, Landais A.1, Chappellaz J.2, Schilt A.3, 4, Buiron D.2, Dahl-Jensen D.5, Johnsen S. J.5, Jouzel J.1, Lemieux-Dudon B.2, Loulergue L.2, Leuenberger M.3, 4, Masson-Delmotte V.1, Meyer H.6, Oerter H.6, Stenni B.7
Affiliation(s) 1 : CEA, Inst Pierre Simon Laplace, Lab Sci Climat & Environm, UVSQ,UMR INSU,CNRS 8212, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette, France.
2 : UJF, CNRS, Lab Glaciol & Geophys Environm, F-38400 St Martin Dheres, France.
3 : Univ Bern, Inst Phys, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland.
4 : Univ Bern, Oeschger Ctr Climate Change Res, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland.
5 : Univ Copenhagen, Niels Bohr Inst, Ctr Ice & Climate, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark.
6 : Alfred Wegener Inst Polar & Marine Res, D-27515 Bremerhaven, Germany.
7 : Univ Trieste, Dept Geosci, I-34127 Trieste, Italy.
Source Climate Of The Past (1814-9324) (Copernicus Gesellschaft Mbh), 2010 , Vol. 6 , N. 3 , P. 345-365
DOI 10.5194/cp-6-345-2010
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Note In : Special Issue. Retrospective views on our planet's future – PAGES Open Science Meeting 2009 Editor(s): T. Kiefer, B. L. Otto-Bliesner , C. Whitlock, and E. Wolff
Abstract Since its discovery in Greenland ice cores, the millennial scale climatic variability of the last glacial period has been increasingly documented at all latitudes with studies focusing mainly on Marine Isotopic Stage 3 (MIS 3; 28-60 thousand of years before present, hereafter ka) and characterized by short Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) events. Recent and new results obtained on the EPICA and NorthGRIP ice cores now precisely describe the rapid variations of Antarctic and Greenland temperature during MIS 5 (73.5-123 ka), a time period corresponding to relatively high sea level. The results display a succession of abrupt events associated with long Greenland InterStadial phases (GIS) enabling us to highlight a sub-millennial scale climatic variability depicted by (i) short-lived and abrupt warming events preceding some GIS (precursor-type events) and (ii) abrupt warming events at the end of some GIS (rebound-type events). The occurrence of these sub-millennial scale events is suggested to be driven by the insolation at high northern latitudes together with the internal forcing of ice sheets. Thanks to a recent NorthGRIP-EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML) common timescale over MIS 5, the bipolar sequence of climatic events can be established at millennial to sub-millennial timescale. This shows that for extraordinary long stadial durations the accompanying Antarctic warming amplitude cannot be described by a simple linear relationship between the two as expected from the bipolar seesaw concept. We also show that when ice sheets are extensive, Antarctica does not necessarily warm during the whole GS as the thermal bipolar seesaw model would predict, questioning the Greenland ice core temperature records as a proxy for AMOC changes throughout the glacial period.
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Capron E., Landais A., Chappellaz J., Schilt A., Buiron D., Dahl-Jensen D., Johnsen S. J., Jouzel J., Lemieux-Dudon B., Loulergue L., Leuenberger M., Masson-Delmotte V., Meyer H., Oerter H., Stenni B. (2010). Millennial and sub-millennial scale climatic variations recorded in polar ice cores over the last glacial period. Climate Of The Past, 6(3), 345-365. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :