Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
Clim. Past, 12, 51–73, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-51-2016
Clim. Past, 12, 51–73, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-51-2016
Research article
18 Jan 2016
Research article | 18 Jan 2016

Terrestrial biosphere changes over the last 120 kyr

B. A. A. Hoogakker et al.

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In this paper we use two climate models to test how Earth’s vegetation responded to changes in climate over the last 120 000 years, looking at warm interglacial climates like today, cold ice-age glacial climates, and intermediate climates. The models agree well with observations from pollen, showing smaller forested areas and larger desert areas during cold periods. Forests store most terrestrial carbon; the terrestrial carbon lost during cold climates was most likely relocated to the oceans.