Relative importance of meridional and zonal sea surface temperature gradients for the onset of the ice ages and Pliocene ‐ Pleistocene climate evolution

@inproceedings{Brierley2010RelativeIO,
  title={Relative importance of meridional and zonal sea surface temperature gradients for the onset of the ice ages and Pliocene ‐ Pleistocene climate evolution},
  author={Christopher M. Brierley and Alexey V Fedorov},
  year={2010}
}
[1] During the early Pliocene (roughly 4 Myr ago), the ocean warm water pool extended over most of the tropics. Subsequently, the warm pool gradually contracted toward the equator, while midlatitudes and subpolar regions cooled, establishing a meridional sea surface temperature (SST) gradient comparable to the modern about 2 Myr ago (as estimated on the eastern side of the Pacific). The zonal SST gradient along the equator, virtually nonexistent in the early Pliocene, reached modern values… CONTINUE READING

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