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Holocene climate variability

Mayewski, P.A., Rohling, E.J., Stager, J.C., Karlen, W., Maasch, K.A., Meeker, L.D., Meyerson, E.A., Gasse, F., van Kreveld, S., Holmgren, K., Lee-Thorp, J., Rosqvist, G., Rack, F., Staubwasser, M., Schneider, R.R. and Steig, E. (2004) Holocene climate variability Quaternary Research, 62, (3), pp. 243-255. (doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2004.07.001).

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Although the dramatic climate disruptions of the last glacial period have received considerable attention, relatively little has been directed toward climate variability in the Holocene (11,500 cal yr B.P. to the present). Examination of 50 globally distributed paleoclimate records reveals as many as six periods of significant rapid climate change during the time periods 9000–8000, 6000–5000, 4200–3800, 3500–2500, 1200–1000, and 600–150 cal yr B.P. Most of the climate change events in these globally distributed records are characterized by polar cooling, tropical aridity, and major atmospheric circulation changes, although in the most recent interval (600–150 cal yr B.P.), polar cooling was accompanied by increased moisture in some parts of the tropics. Several intervals coincide with major disruptions of civilization, illustrating the human significance of Holocene climate variability.

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Published date: 2004
Keywords: Climate, rapid climate change, Holocene, solar variability


Local EPrints ID: 13550
ISSN: 0033-5894
PURE UUID: 0c7a4a58-587b-42f1-b155-8676078e3053
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Date deposited: 10 Dec 2004
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:02

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Author: P.A. Mayewski
Author: E.J. Rohling ORCID iD
Author: J.C. Stager
Author: W. Karlen
Author: K.A. Maasch
Author: L.D. Meeker
Author: E.A. Meyerson
Author: F. Gasse
Author: S. van Kreveld
Author: K. Holmgren
Author: J. Lee-Thorp
Author: G. Rosqvist
Author: F. Rack
Author: M. Staubwasser
Author: R.R. Schneider
Author: E. Steig

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