Articles | Volume 13, issue 10
Clim. Past, 13, 1381–1401, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-1381-2017
Clim. Past, 13, 1381–1401, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-1381-2017

Research article 26 Oct 2017

Research article | 26 Oct 2017

Quantifying the influence of the terrestrial biosphere on glacial–interglacial climate dynamics

Taraka Davies-Barnard et al.

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Quantifying the Influence of the Terrestrial Biosphere on Glacial-interglacial Climate Dynamics T. Davies-Barnard, A. Ridgwell, J. S. Singarayer, and P. J. Valdes http://www.paleo.bris.ac.uk/ummodel/scripts/papers/Davies-Barnard_et_al_2017.html

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We present the first model analysis using a fully coupled dynamic atmosphere–ocean–vegetation GCM over the last 120 kyr that quantifies the net effect of vegetation on climate. This analysis shows that over the whole period the biogeophysical effect (albedo, evapotranspiration) is dominant, and that the biogeochemical impacts may have a lower possible range than typically estimated. This emphasises the temporal reliance of the balance between biogeophysical and biogeochemical effects.