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Millennial scale feedbacks determine the shape and rapidity of glacial termination

Barker, Stephen ORCID: and Knorr, Gregor 2021. Millennial scale feedbacks determine the shape and rapidity of glacial termination. Nature Communications 12 , 2273. 10.1038/s41467-021-22388-6

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Within the Late Pleistocene, terminations describe the major transitions marking the end of glacial cycles. While it is established that abrupt shifts in the ocean/atmosphere system are a ubiquitous component of deglaciation, significant uncertainties remain concerning their specific role and the likelihood that terminations may be interrupted by large-amplitude abrupt oscillations. In this perspective we address these uncertainties in the light of recent developments in the understanding of glacial terminations as the ultimate interaction between millennial and orbital timescale variability. Innovations in numerical climate simulation and new geologic records allow us to highlight new avenues of research and identify key remaining uncertainties such as sea-level variability.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2041-1723
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 11 March 2021
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 23:54

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