Enhanced climate instability in the North Atlantic and southern Europe during the Last Interglacial

Tzedakis, P. C. and Drysdale, R. N. and Margari, V. and Skinner, L. C. and Menviel, L. and Rhodes, R. H. and Taschetto, A. S. and Hodell, D. A. and Crowhurst, S. J. and Hellstrom, J. C. and Fallick, A. E. and Grimalt, J. O. and McManus, J. F. and Martrat, B. and Mokeddem, Z. and Parrenin, F. and Regattieri, E. and Roe, K. and Zanchetta, G. (2018) Enhanced climate instability in the North Atlantic and southern Europe during the Last Interglacial. Nature Communications, 9 (4235). ISSN 2041-1723 DOI https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06683-3

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Considerable ambiguity remains over the extent and nature of millennial/centennial-scale climate instability during the Last Interglacial (LIG). Here we analyse marine and terrestrial proxies from a deep-sea sediment sequence on the Portuguese Margin and combine results with an intensively dated Italian speleothem record and climate-model experiments. The strongest expression of climate variability occurred during the transitions into and out of the LIG. Our records also document a series of multi-centennial intra-interglacial arid events in southern Europe, coherent with cold water-mass expansions in the North Atlantic. The spatial and temporal fingerprints of these changes indicate a reorganization of ocean surface circulation, consistent with low-intensity disruptions of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). The amplitude of this LIG variability is greater than that observed in Holocene records. Episodic Greenland ice melt and runoff as a result of excess warmth may have contributed to AMOC weakening and increased climate instability throughout the LIG.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2018AREP; IA73
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
07 - Gold Open Access
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Communications
Volume: 9
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-06683-3
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 11:00
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/4349

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