The ‘little ice age’: re‐evaluation of an evolving concept

  title={The ‘little ice age’: re‐evaluation of an evolving concept},
  author={John A. Matthews and Keith R. Briffa},
  journal={Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography},
  pages={17 - 36}
  • J. Matthews, K. Briffa
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography
ABSTRACT. This review focuses on the development of the ‘Little Ice Age’ as a glaciological and climatic concept, and evaluates its current usefulness in the light of new data on the glacier and climatic variations of the last millennium and of the Holocene. ‘Little Ice Age’ glacierization occurred over about 650 years and can be defined most precisely in the European Alps (c. AD 1300–1950) when extended glaciers were larger than before or since. ‘Little Ice Age’ climate is defined as a shorter… 

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