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Dowsett et al. 2016

Dowsett, H., A. Dolan, D. Rowley, R. Mocha, A.M. Forte, J.X. Mitrovica, M. Pound, U. Salzmann, M. Robinson, M. Chandler, K. Foley, and A. Haywood, 2016: The PRISM4 (mid-Piacenzian) palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Clim. Past, 12, 1519-1538, doi:10.5194/cp-12-1519-2016.

The mid-Piacenzian is known as a period of relative warmth when compared to the present day. A comprehensive understanding of conditions during the Piacenzian serves as both a conceptual model and a source for boundary conditions as well as means of verification of global climate model experiments. In this paper we present the PRISM4 reconstruction, a paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the mid-Piacenzian (∼3 Ma) containing data for paleogeography, land and sea ice, sea-surface temperature, vegetation, soils, and lakes. Our retrodicted paleogeography takes into account glacial isostatic adjustments and changes in dynamic topography. Soils and lakes, both significant as land surface features, are introduced to the PRISM reconstruction for the first time. Sea-surface temperature and vegetation reconstructions are unchanged but now have confidence assessments. The PRISM4 reconstruction is being used as boundary condition data for the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project Phase 2 (PlioMIP2) experiments.

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  author={Dowsett, H. and Dolan, A. and Rowley, D. and Mocha, R. and Forte, A. M. and Mitrovica, J. X. and Pound, M. and Salzmann, U. and Robinson, M. and Chandler, M. and Foley, K. and Haywood, A.},
  title={The PRISM4 (mid-Piacenzian) palaeoenvironmental reconstruction},
  journal={Clim. Past},

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RIS Citation

ID  - do09100t
AU  - Dowsett, H.
AU  - Dolan, A.
AU  - Rowley, D.
AU  - Mocha, R.
AU  - Forte, A. M.
AU  - Mitrovica, J. X.
AU  - Pound, M.
AU  - Salzmann, U.
AU  - Robinson, M.
AU  - Chandler, M.
AU  - Foley, K.
AU  - Haywood, A.
PY  - 2016
TI  - The PRISM4 (mid-Piacenzian) palaeoenvironmental reconstruction
JA  - Clim. Past
VL  - 12
SP  - 1519
EP  - 1538
DO  - 10.5194/cp-12-1519-2016
ER  -

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