Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Clim. Past, 12, 455–481, 2016

Special issue: Climatic and biotic events of the Paleogene

Clim. Past, 12, 455–481, 2016

Research article 25 Feb 2016

Research article | 25 Feb 2016

A model–model and data–model comparison for the early Eocene hydrological cycle

Matthew J. Carmichael et al.


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Short summary
In this paper, we assess how well model-simulated precipitation rates compare to those indicated by geological data for the early Eocene, a warm interval 56–49 million years ago. Our results show that a number of models struggle to produce sufficient precipitation at high latitudes, which likely relates to cool simulated temperatures in these regions. However, calculating precipitation rates from plant fossils is highly uncertain, and further data are now required.