Articles | Volume 12, issue 8
Research article
25 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 25 Aug 2016

Impact of ice sheet meltwater fluxes on the climate evolution at the onset of the Last Interglacial

Heiko Goelzer, Philippe Huybrechts, Marie-France Loutre, and Thierry Fichefet


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We have modelled the climate evolution from 135 to 120 kyr BP with an Earth system model to study the onset of the Last Interglacial warm period. Ice sheet changes and associated freshwater fluxes in both hemispheres constitute an important forcing in the simulations. Freshwater fluxes from the melting Antarctic ice sheet are found to lead to an oceanic cold event in the Southern Ocean as evidenced in some ocean sediment cores, which may be used to constrain the timing of ice sheet retreat.