Substantial contribution to sea-level rise during the last interglacial from the Greenland ice sheet

  title={Substantial contribution to sea-level rise during the last interglacial from the Greenland ice sheet},
  author={Kurt M. Cuffey and Shawn J. Marshall},
During the last interglacial period (the Eemian), global sea level was at least three metres, and probably more than five metres, higher than at present. Complete melting of either the West Antarctic ice sheet or the Greenland ice sheet would today raise sea levels by 6–7 metres. But the high sea levels during the last interglacial period have been proposed to result mainly from disintegration of the West Antarctic ice sheet, with model studies attributing only 1–2 m of sea-level rise to… 

Quantification of the Greenland ice sheet contribution to Last Interglacial sea level rise

During the Last Interglacial period ( 130-115 thousand years ago) the Arctic climate was warmer than to- day, and global mean sea level was probably more than 6.6 m higher. However, there are large

Coupled regional climate–ice-sheet simulation shows limited Greenland ice loss during the Eemian

Abstract. During the last interglacial period (Eemian, 130–115 kyr BP) eustatic global sea level likely peaked at > 6 m above the present-day level, but estimates of the contribution of the Greenland

Ice Volume and Sea Level During the Last Interglacial

Data indicate that global (eustatic) sea level peaked 5.5 to 9 meters above present sea level, requiring smaller ice sheets in both Greenland and Antarctica relative to today and indicating strong sea-level sensitivity to small changes in radiative forcing.

Greenland ice sheet contribution to sea level rise during the last interglacial period: a modelling study driven and constrained by ice core data

Abstract. As pointed out by the forth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC-AR4 (Meehl et al., 2007), the contribution of the two major ice sheets, Antarctica and

Retreat and Regrowth of the Greenland Ice Sheet During the Last Interglacial as Simulated by the CESM2‐CISM2 Coupled Climate–Ice Sheet Model

During the Last Interglacial, approximately 129 to 116 ka (thousand years ago), the Arctic summer climate was warmer than the present, and the Greenland Ice Sheet retreated to a smaller extent than

Sr-Nd-Pb Isotope Evidence for Ice-Sheet Presence on Southern Greenland During the Last Interglacial

The authors' isotope data indicate that no single southern Greenland geologic terrane was completely deglaciated during the LIG, similar to the Holocene, which allows the evaluation of a suite of GIS models and are consistent with a GIS contribution of 1.6 to 2.2 meters to the ≥4-meter LIG sea-level highstand.

Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core

The new North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (‘NEEM’) ice core is presented and shows only a modest ice-sheet response to the strong warming in the early Eemians, which was probably driven by the decreasing summer insolation.

The Greenland Ice Sheet at the peak of warming during the previous Interglacial

The Last Interglacial (LIG or the Eemian) between ca. 130 and 115 kyr BP is probably the best analogue for future climate warming for which increasingly better proxy data are becoming available. The

Ice-core evidence for widespread Arctic glacier retreat in the Last Interglacial and the early Holocene

Abstract An early study of the various components of the Greenland, Antarctic and Canadian Arctic ice-cap cores (Koerner, 1989) suggested that during the last interglacial period, the Greenland ice



The Greenland ice sheet through the last glacial-interglacial cycle

Ice Core Evidence for Extensive Melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet in the Last Interglacial

  • R. Koerner
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • 1989
Evidence from ice at the bottom of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic Islands and Camp Century and Dye-3 in Greenland suggests that the Greenland ice sheet melted extensively or completely during the

Evidence for general instability of past climate from a 250-kyr ice-core record

RECENT results1,2 from two ice cores drilled in central Greenland have revealed large, abrupt climate changes of at least regional extent during the late stages of the last glaciation, suggesting

Temperature, accumulation, and ice sheet elevation in central Greenland through the last deglacial transition

We present a combined heat- and ice-flow model, constrained by measurements of temperature in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) borehole and by the GISP2 δ18O record and depth-age scale,

Air content along the Greenland Ice Core Project core: A record of surface climatic parameters and elevation

We present here measurements of the air content of the ice, V, performed along the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) ice core. The main features of the long-term trends are (1) a decrease of 13%

Variability of the North Atlantic thermohaline circulation during the last interglacial period

Studies of natural climate variability are essential for evaluating its future evolution. Greenland ice cores suggest that the modern warm period (the Holocene) has been relatively stable for the

Comparison of oxygen isotope records from the GISP2 and GRIP Greenland ice cores

RECENT results1,2 from the Greenland Ice-core Project (GRIP) Summit ice core suggest that the climate in Greenland has been remarkably stable during the Holocene, but was extremely unstable for the

The Greenland ice sheet and greenhouse warming

Steady-state characteristics of the Greenland ice sheet under different climates

Abstract The Greenland ice sheet is modelled to simulate its extent and volume in warmer climates, and to find out whether the ice sheet would re-form on the ice-free bedrock under present climatic

CH4 and δ18O of O2 records from Antarctic and Greenland ice: A clue for stratigraphic disturbance in the bottom part of the Greenland Ice Core Project and the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 ice cores

The suggestion of climatic instability during the last interglacial period (Eem), based on the bottom 10% of the Greenland Ice core Project (GRIP) isotopic profile, has been questioned because the