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Title: Evolving southwest African response to abrupt deglacial North Atlantic climate change events
Authors: Chase, B. M.
Boom, Arnoud
Carr, Andrew S.
Carré, M.
Chevalier, M.
Meadows, M. E.
Pedro, J. B.
Stager, J.
Reimer, P. J.
First Published: 1-Jun-2015
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Quaternary Science Reviews, 2015, 121, pp. 132-136
Abstract: Climate change during the last deglaciation was strongly influenced by the 'bipolar seesaw', producing antiphase climate responses between the North and South Atlantic. However, mounting evidence demands refinements of this model, with the occurrence of abrupt events in southern low to mid latitudes occurring in-phase with North Atlantic climate. Improved constraints on the north-south phasing and spatial extent of these events are therefore critical to understanding the mechanisms that propagate abrupt events within the climate system. We present a 19,400 year multi-proxy record of climate change obtained from a rock hyrax midden in southernmost Africa. Arid anomalies in phase with the Younger Dryas and 8.2ka events are apparent, indicating a clear shift in the influence of the bipolar seesaw, which diminished as the Earth warmed, and was succeeded after ~14.6ka by the emergence of a dominant interhemispheric atmospheric teleconnection.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.05.023
ISSN: 0277-3791
eISSN: 1873-457X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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