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LeGrande et al. 2006

LeGrande, A.N., G.A. Schmidt, D.T. Shindell, C.V. Field, R.L. Miller, D.M. Koch, G. Faluvegi, and G. Hoffmann, 2006: Consistent simulations of multiple proxy responses to an abrupt climate change event. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 103, 837-842, doi:10.1073/pnas.0510095103.

Isotope, aerosol, and methane records document an abrupt cooling event across the Northern Hemisphere at 8.2 kiloyears before present (kyr), while separate geologic lines of evidence document the catastrophic drainage of the glacial Lakes Agassiz and Ojibway into the Hudson Bay at approximately the same time. This melt water pulse may have been the catalyst for a decrease in North Atlantic Deep Water formation and subsequent cooling around the Northern Hemisphere. However, lack of direct evidence for ocean cooling has lead to speculation that this abrupt event was purely local to Greenland and called into question this proposed mechanism. We simulate the response to this melt water pulse using a coupled general circulation model that explicitly tracks water isotopes and with atmosphere-only experiments that calculate changes in atmospheric aerosol deposition (specifically 10Be and dust) and wetland methane emissions. The simulations produce a short period of significantly diminished North Atlantic Deep Water and are able to quantitatively match paleoclimate observations, including the lack of isotopic signal in the North Atlantic. This direct comparison with multiple proxy records provides compelling evidence that changes in ocean circulation played a major role in this abrupt climate change event.

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  author={LeGrande, A. N. and Schmidt, G. A. and Shindell, D. T. and Field, C. V. and Miller, R. L. and Koch, D. M. and Faluvegi, G. and Hoffmann, G.},
  title={Consistent simulations of multiple proxy responses to an abrupt climate change event},
  journal={Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.},

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RIS Citation

ID  - le08100v
AU  - LeGrande, A. N.
AU  - Schmidt, G. A.
AU  - Shindell, D. T.
AU  - Field, C. V.
AU  - Miller, R. L.
AU  - Koch, D. M.
AU  - Faluvegi, G.
AU  - Hoffmann, G.
PY  - 2006
TI  - Consistent simulations of multiple proxy responses to an abrupt climate change event
JA  - Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.
VL  - 103
SP  - 837
EP  - 842
DO  - 10.1073/pnas.0510095103
ER  -

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