Influence of ocean heat transport on the climate of the Last Glacial Maximum

Robert S. Webb, David H. Rind, Scott J. Lehman, Richard J. Healy, Daniel Sigman

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Abstract

A aeries of climate simulations using on atmospheric general circulation modal shows that maintaining ocean heat transport at close to present-day values, but with otherwise glacial boundary conditions, leads to an enhanced cooling, particularly in the tropics. This is in agreement with recent geochemical evidence from fossil corals, ground waters, and lee. Near-modern ocean heat transport may have been sustained In all ocean basins during the Last Glacial Maximum in order to balance the formation and export of Glacial North Atlantic Intermediate Water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-699
Number of pages5
JournalNature
Volume385
Issue number6618
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 1997
Externally publishedYes

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    Webb, R. S., Rind, D. H., Lehman, S. J., Healy, R. J., & Sigman, D. (1997). Influence of ocean heat transport on the climate of the Last Glacial Maximum. Nature, 385(6618), 695-699. https://doi.org/10.1038/385695a0