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New research special - paleoclimate papers 2010-2011

Posted on 31 July 2012 by Ari Jokimäki

New research from last week series started in Skeptical Science at the beginning of 2012. Before this the series had been running for a year and a half in AGW Observer blog. Now, as new research series is having a summer break, we take a peek back to 2010 and 2011 papers in the series. We have four different posts that all contain all the papers included in the new research series during 2010 and 2011 on certain subject.

Subject of the week is paleoclimate. In order to better predict what happens in the future, we have to know how climate system works. Probably the best way to learn how climate system works is to observe actual climate changes happening. During the time period of which we have instrumental data, there haven't been many climate changes and none of them seems to be analogous to the current one that has been going on during recent decades. Therefore we need to look further back into the past. Paleoclimate is the branch of climate science that looks into the past. Problem there is to gain accurate enough data, so we only have limited view to past climate changes. However, even limited view is better than to have no view at all. Below you will find all paleoclimate papers that were included in the new research series during 2010 and 2011 (except those that were included to other posts in this special series).

Last 2000 years

Response of Norwegian Sea temperature to solar forcing since 1000 A.D. - Sejrup et al. (2010)

Drought duration and frequency in the U.S. Corn Belt during the last millennium (AD 992–2004) - Stambaugh et al. (2010)

Reconciling pollen-stratigraphical and tree-ring evidence for high- and low-frequency temperature variability in the past millennium - Helama et al. (2010)

Support for global climate reorganization during the “Medieval Climate Anomaly” - Graham et al. (2010)

Cereal harvest dates in the Czech Republic between 1501 and 2008 as a proxy for March–June temperature reconstruction - Možný et al. (2011)

A reconstruction of annual Greenland ice melt extent, 1784–2009 - Frauenfeld et al. (2011)

A 2000 year record of Atlantic Water temperature variability from the Malangen Fjord, northeastern North Atlantic - Hald et al. (2011)

The anomalous winter of 1783–1784: Was the Laki eruption or an analog of the 2009–2010 winter to blame? - D'Arrigo et al. (2011)

Foraminiferal faunal evidence of twentieth-century Barents Sea warming - Wilson et al. (2011)

Waniyetu Wówapi: Native American Records of Weather and Climate - Therrell & Trotter (2011)

Extensive glaciers in northwest North America during Medieval time - Koch & Clague (2011)

Climate forcing reconstructions for use in PMIP simulations of the last millennium (v1.0) - Schmidt et al. (2011)

Coupled climate–carbon simulations indicate minor global effects of wars and epidemics on atmospheric CO2 between AD 800 and 1850 - Pongratz et al. (2011)

Influence of human and natural forcing on European seasonal temperatures - Hegerl et al. (2011)

European temperature records of the past five centuries based on documentary/instrumental information compared to climate simulations - Zorita et al. (2011)

Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of Climate in Medieval Times Revisited - Diaz et al. (2011)

Tree ring-based winter temperature reconstruction for Changting, Fujian, subtropical region of Southeast China, since 1850: linkages to the Pacific Ocean - Chen et al. (2011)

Southern Hemisphere high-resolution palaeoclimate records of the last 2000 years - Neukom & Gergis (2011)

Climate in medieval time: How anomalous? - Diaz (2011)

Solar and volcanic fingerprints in tree-ring chronologies over the past 2000 years - Breitenmoser et al. (2011)

A pollen-based reconstruction of summer temperature in central North America and implications for circulation patterns during medieval times - Wahl et al. (2011)

Variation of accumulation rates over the last eight centuries on the East Antarctic Plateau derived from volcanic signals in ice cores - Anschütz et al. (2011)

Pacific and Atlantic influences on Mesoamerican climate over the past millennium - Stahle et al. (2011)

The climate of North America during the past 2,000 years reconstructed from pollen data - Viau et al. (2011)

Assessing El Niño Southern Oscillation variability during the past millennium - Khider et al. (2011)

South Pole ice core record of explosive volcanic eruptions in the first and second millennia A.D. and evidence of a large eruption in the tropics around 535 A.D. - Ferris et al. (2011)

A robust spatial reconstruction of April to September temperature in Europe: Comparisons between the Medieval period and the recent warming with a focus on extreme values - Guiot (2011)

Global and hemispheric temperature reconstruction from glacier length fluctuations - Leclercq & Oerlemans (2011)

The medieval climate anomaly in Europe: comparison of the summer and annual mean signals in two reconstructions and in simulations with data assimilation - Goosse et al. (2011)

Anthropogenic soils are the golden spikes for the Anthropocene - Certini & Scalenghe (2011)

The earliest temperature observations in the world: the Medici Network (1654–1670) - Camuffo & Bertolin (2011)

Response of Earth's surface temperature to radiative forcing over A.D. 1–2009 - Friend (2011)


Holocene carbon emissions as a result of anthropogenic land cover change - Kaplan et al. (2010)

Disentangling seasonal signals in Holocene climate trends by satellite-model-proxy integration - Schneider et al. (2010)

Post-glacial regional climate variability along the East Antarctic coastal margin—Evidence from shallow marine and coastal terrestrial records - Verleyen et al. (2010)

Land surface temperature changes in Northern Iberia since 4000 yr BP, based on δ13C of speleothems - Martín-Chivelet et al. (2011)

Climate change and human impact at Sacrower See (NE Germany) during the past 13,000 years: a geochemical record - Enters et al. (2011)

Recent melt rates of Canadian Arctic ice caps are the highest in four millennia - Fisher et al. (2011)

Relative sea-level fall since the last interglacial stage: Are coasts uplifting worldwide? - Pedoja et al. (2011)

The early Holocene sea level rise - Smith et al. (2011)

Patterns of local and regional grain size distribution and their application to Holocene climate reconstruction in semi-arid Inner Mongolia, China - Yin et al. (2011)

Response of a marine-terminating Greenland outlet glacier to abrupt cooling 8200 and 9300 years ago - Young et al. (2011)

Abrupt cooling repeatedly punctuated early-Holocene climate in eastern North America - Hou et al. (2011)

High variability of Greenland surface temperature over the past 4000 years estimated from trapped air in an ice core - Kobashi et al. (2011)

Structure and origin of Holocene cold events - Wanner et al. (2011)

Polar amplification in the mid-Holocene derived from dynamical vegetation change with a GCM - O'ishi & Abe-Ouchi (2011)

Observational constraints on the causes of Holocene CO2 change - Goodwin et al. (2011)

Climate changes during the last c. 7500 years as recorded by the degree of peat humification in the Lofoten region, Norway - Vorren et al. (2011)

Evidence for Younger Dryas Global Climate Oscillation and Human Response in the American Southwest - Ballenger et al. (2011)


The Younger Dryas impact hypothesis: A requiem - Pinter et al. (2011)

Timing and duration of North American glacial lake discharges and the Younger Dryas climate reversal - Rayburn et al. (2011)

The Mysterious Onset Of The Younger Dryas - Fiedel (2011)

A benthic δ13C-based proxy for atmospheric pCO2 over the last 1.5 Myr - Lisiecki (2010)

High carbon sequestration in Siberian permafrost loess-paleosols during glacials - Zech et al. (2011)

Interglacial and glacial variability from the last 800 ka in marine, ice and terrestrial archives - Lang & Wolff (2011)

Late Pliocene to Pleistocene sensitivity of the Greenland Ice Sheet in response to external forcing and internal feedbacks - Koenig et al. (2011)

Pre-glacial and interglacial pollen records over the last 3 Ma from northwest Canada: Why do Holocene forests differ from those of previous interglaciations? - Schweger et al. (2011)

Individual contribution of insolation and CO2 to the interglacial climates of the past 800,000 years - Yin & Berger (2011)

Do blue-ice moraines in the Heritage Range show the West Antarctic ice sheet survived the last interglacial? - Fogwill et al. (2011)

Last Glacial Maximum CO2 and δ13C successfully reconciled - Bouttes et al. (2011)

Annual layering in the NGRIP ice core during the Eemian - Svensson et al. (2011)

Heinrich event 1: an example of dynamical ice-sheet reaction to oceanic changes - Álvarez-Solas et al. (2011)

NALPS: a precisely dated European climate record 120–60 ka - Boch et al. (2011)

Sea surface and high-latitude temperature sensitivity to radiative forcing of climate over several glacial cycles - Rohling et al. (2011)

High-resolution 14C dating of a 25,000-year lake-sediment record from equatorial East Africa - Blaauw et al. (2011)

Was the Middle Würmian in the High Alps warmer than today? - Döppes et al. (2011)

The role of ocean thermal expansion in Last Interglacial sea level rise - McKay et al. (2011)

Neogene and older

Stratigraphic evidence for the Hirnantian (latest Ordovician) glaciation in the Zagros Mountains, Iran - Ghavidel-syooki et al. (2011)

A record of Antarctic surface temperature between 25 and 50 m.y. ago - Dallai & Burgess (2011)

How likely was a green Antarctic Peninsula during warm Pliocene interglacials? A critical reassessment based on new palynofloras from James Ross Island - Salzmann et al. (2011)

Mass extinction and recovery of the early toarcian (early Jurassic) brachiopods linked to climate change in Northern and Central Spain - Joral et al. (2011)

Slow release of fossil carbon during the Palaeocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum - Cui et al. (2011)

Extremely elevated CO2 concentrations at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary - Steinthorsdottir et al. (2011)

Climate and environment of a Pliocene warm world - Salzmann et al. (2011)

Climate variability in the Early Pliocene Arctic: Annually resolved evidence from stable isotope values of sub-fossil wood, Ellesmere Island, Canada - Csank et al. (2011)

The evolution of mid Paleocene - early Eocene coral communities: How to survive during rapid global warming - Zamagni et al. (2011)

Reconstruction of a continuous high-resolution CO2 record over the past 20 million years - van de Wal et al. (2011)

Millennial-scale climate cycles in Permian–Carboniferous rhythmites: Permanent feature throughout geologic time? - Franco et al. (2011)

El Niño–Southern Oscillation variability from the Late Cretaceous Marca Shale of California - Davies et al. (2011)

Snapshots of the Greenland ice sheet configuration in the Pliocene to early Pleistocene - Solgaard et al. (2011)

A warm Miocene climate at low atmospheric CO2 levels - Knorr et al. (2011)

El Niño in the Eocene greenhouse recorded by fossil bivalves and wood from Antarctica - Ivany et al. (2011)

Early Cretaceous atmospheric pCO2 level recorded from pedogenic carbonates in China - Huang et al. (2011)

Warm, not super-hot, temperatures in the early Eocene subtropics - Keating-Bitonti et al. (2011)


The dendroclimatic potential of conifers from northern Pakistan - Ahmed et al. (2010)

Paleoclimatic warming increased carbon dioxide concentrations - Lemoine (2010)

Rapid climate change: lessons from the recent geological past - Holmes et al. (2010)

Floodplains, permafrost, cottonwood trees, and peat: What happened the last time climate warmed suddenly in arctic Alaska? - Mann et al. (2010)

Development and refinement of proxy-climate indicators from peats - Chambers et al. (2011)

Exceptional fossil preservation during CO2 greenhouse crises? - Retallack (2011)

Environmental Reconstruction Inferred From The Intestinal Contents Of The Yamal Baby Mammoth Lyuba (Mammuthus Primigenius Blumenbach, 1799) - Kosintsev et al. (2011)

Dynamic relationships between Picea crassifolia growth and climate at upper treeline in the Qilian Mts., Northeast Tibetan Plateau, China - Zhang et al. (2011)

Modelling prehistoric land use and carbon budgets: A critical review - Boyle et al. (2011)

Characterizing the statistical properties and interhemispheric distribution of Dansgaard-Oeschger events - Thomas et al. (2011)

Discovery of a nanodiamond-rich layer in the Greenland ice sheet - Kurbatov et al. (2011)

Sun-earth relationship inferred by tree growth rings in conifers from Severiano De Almeida, Southern Brazil - Prestes et al. (2011)

Geological record of ice shelf break-up and grounding line retreat, Pine Island Bay, West Antarctica - Jakobsson et al. (2011)

Deglacial radiocarbon history of tropical Atlantic thermocline waters: absence of CO2 reservoir purging signal - Cléroux et al. (2011)

The climatic significance of artefacts related to prehistoric reindeer hunting exposed at melting ice patches in southern Norway - Nesje et al. (2011)

Is climate change affecting rates of dune migration in Antarctica? - Bristow et al. (2011)

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Comments 1 to 7:

  1. Ari - An excellent collection of papers; I believe you have just filled my weekend...
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  2. Weekend?! Wish I had that level of knowledge. It'll take me longer than that. Feels like things leak out more ears faster than it goes in. Think my brain is full. Still waiting for those brain implant chips (and flying cars too).
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  3. Daniel J. Andrews - (Way off-topic) Surprisingly enough, flying cars are beginning to be available: Terrafugia - Complex, a bit marginal as a car, good flyer. Maverick LSA - Hot off-road car, slow flyer (paramotor). PAL-V - Trike/gyrocopter, nice compromise. No, I don't have a holiday gift list once I win the lottery - none whatsoever... --- Regarding the papers (back on topic): don't feel bad, I'm limiting my reading list to the subset of hemispheric/global reconstructions, which cuts it down quite a bit...
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  4. There will be another surprise batch for you in few days. Then, in next week we continue the normal New research from last week series with edition 31. There are few papers in that already. Those who cannot wait whole week can get notified of new papers in real time in Twitter or in Facebook. I also have my Twitter feed in the left column in my blog. These summer specials only covered 4 subjects but there has of course been papers from other subjects. You can browse old posts of New research from last week series here.
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  5. I found the Leclercq & Oerlemans (2011) paper on glacier lengths for decadal scale temperature reconstruction to 1600 very interesting: the decadal length averaging removes many variations (ENSO, for example) and gives a clear picture of the overall trends. And a nice confirmation from a proxy not included in most other reconstructions - once again, consilience of data greatly increases our confidence in the results.
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  6. Ari thanks for this list. Can you provide a reference for the figure? thak you Tony
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  7. The figure is from Martín-Chivelet et al. (2011) and here's the full text for that one.
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