Articles | Volume 11, issue 10
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-1467-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-1467-2015
Research article
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26 Oct 2015
Research article |  | 26 Oct 2015

How might the North American ice sheet influence the northwestern Eurasian climate?

P. Beghin, S. Charbit, C. Dumas, M. Kageyama, and C. Ritz

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The present study investigates the potential impact of the North American ice sheet on the surface mass balance of the Eurasian ice sheet through changes in the past glacial atmospheric circulation. Using an atmospheric circulation model and an ice-sheet model, we show that the albedo of the American ice sheet favors the growth of the Eurasian ice sheet, whereas the topography of the American ice sheet leads to more ablation over North Eurasia, and therefore to a smaller Eurasian ice sheet.