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Volume 13, issue 2
Clim. Past, 13, 135–147, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-135-2017
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Clim. Past, 13, 135–147, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-135-2017
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Research article 16 Feb 2017

Research article | 16 Feb 2017

Changes to the tropical circulation in the mid-Pliocene and their implications for future climate

Shawn Corvec and Christopher G. Fletcher

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The mid-Pliocene warm period is sometimes thought of as being a climate that could closely resemble the climate in the near-term due to anthropogenic climate change. Here we examine the tropical atmospheric circulation as modeled by PlioMIP (the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project). We find that there are many similarities and some important differences to projections of future climate, with the pattern of sea surface temperature (SST) warming being a key factor in explaining the differences.
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