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Climate of the Past An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Clim. Past, 13, 729-739, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-729-2017
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Research article
30 Jun 2017
Regional seesaw between the North Atlantic and Nordic Seas during the last glacial abrupt climate events
Mélanie Wary1, Frédérique Eynaud1, Didier Swingedouw1, Valérie Masson-Delmotte2, Jens Matthiessen3, Catherine Kissel2, Jena Zumaque1,a, Linda Rossignol1, and Jean Jouzel2 1UMR 5805, EPOC (Environnements et Paléoenvironnements Océaniques et Continentaux), CNRS-EPHE-Université de Bordeaux, 33615 Pessac, France
2UMR8212, LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement)/IPSL (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace), CEA/CNRS-INSU/UVSQ, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette CEDEX, France
3AWI (Alfred Wegener Institute), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, 27568 Bremerhaven, Germany
anow at: GEOTOP, UQAM, Montréal, Québec H3C 3P8, Canada
Abstract. Dansgaard–Oeschger oscillations constitute one of the most enigmatic features of the last glacial cycle. Their cold atmospheric phases have been commonly associated with cold sea-surface temperatures and expansion of sea ice in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas. Here, based on dinocyst analyses from the 48–30 ka interval of four sediment cores from the northern Northeast Atlantic and southern Norwegian Sea, we provide direct and quantitative evidence of a regional paradoxical seesaw pattern: cold Greenland and North Atlantic phases coincide with warmer sea-surface conditions and shorter seasonal sea-ice cover durations in the Norwegian Sea as compared to warm phases. Combined with additional palaeorecords and multi-model hosing simulations, our results suggest that during cold Greenland phases, reduced Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and cold North Atlantic sea-surface conditions were accompanied by the subsurface propagation of warm Atlantic waters that re-emerged in the Nordic Seas and provided moisture towards Greenland summit.

Citation: Wary, M., Eynaud, F., Swingedouw, D., Masson-Delmotte, V., Matthiessen, J., Kissel, C., Zumaque, J., Rossignol, L., and Jouzel, J.: Regional seesaw between the North Atlantic and Nordic Seas during the last glacial abrupt climate events, Clim. Past, 13, 729-739, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-729-2017, 2017.
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The last glacial period was punctuated by abrupt climatic variations, whose cold atmospheric phases have been commonly associated with cold sea-surface temperatures and expansion of sea ice in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas. Here we provide direct evidence of a regional paradoxical see-saw pattern: cold Greenland and North Atlantic phases coincide with warmer sea-surface conditions and shorter seasonal sea-ice cover durations in the Norwegian Sea as compared to warm phases.
The last glacial period was punctuated by abrupt climatic variations, whose cold atmospheric...
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