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Precise interpolar phasing of abrupt climate change during the last ice age

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, April 2015
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Precise interpolar phasing of abrupt climate change during the last ice age
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Nature, April 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature14401
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The last glacial period exhibited abrupt Dansgaard-Oeschger climatic oscillations, evidence of which is preserved in a variety of Northern Hemisphere palaeoclimate archives. Ice cores show that Antarctica cooled during the warm phases of the Greenland Dansgaard-Oeschger cycle and vice versa, suggesting an interhemispheric redistribution of heat through a mechanism called the bipolar seesaw. Variations in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) strength are thought to have been important, but much uncertainty remains regarding the dynamics and trigger of these abrupt events. Key information is contained in the relative phasing of hemispheric climate variations, yet the large, poorly constrained difference between gas age and ice age and the relatively low resolution of methane records from Antarctic ice cores have so far precluded methane-based synchronization at the required sub-centennial precision. Here we use a recently drilled high-accumulation Antarctic ice core to show that, on average, abrupt Greenland warming leads the corresponding Antarctic cooling onset by 218 ± 92 years (2σ) for Dansgaard-Oeschger events, including the Bølling event; Greenland cooling leads the corresponding onset of Antarctic warming by 208 ± 96 years. Our results demonstrate a north-to-south directionality of the abrupt climatic signal, which is propagated to the Southern Hemisphere high latitudes by oceanic rather than atmospheric processes. The similar interpolar phasing of warming and cooling transitions suggests that the transfer time of the climatic signal is independent of the AMOC background state. Our findings confirm a central role for ocean circulation in the bipolar seesaw and provide clear criteria for assessing hypotheses and model simulations of Dansgaard-Oeschger dynamics.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 1%
United Kingdom 2 <1%
France 1 <1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Estonia 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 340 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 97 27%
Researcher 69 19%
Student > Master 38 11%
Student > Bachelor 36 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 17 5%
Other 60 17%
Unknown 38 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Earth and Planetary Sciences 211 59%
Environmental Science 42 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 3%
Social Sciences 6 2%
Chemistry 5 1%
Other 24 7%
Unknown 56 16%

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