Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Clim. Past, 13, 1527–1537, 2017

Special issue: Climate of the past 2000 years: regional and trans-regional...

Clim. Past, 13, 1527–1537, 2017
Research article
16 Nov 2017
Research article | 16 Nov 2017

Episodic Neoglacial expansion and rapid 20th century retreat of a small ice cap on Baffin Island, Arctic Canada, and modeled temperature change

Simon L. Pendleton et al.

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Recent warming in the high latitudes has prompted the accelerated retreat of ice caps and glaciers, especially in the Canadian Arctic. Here we use the radiocarbon age of preserved plants being exposed by shrinking ice caps that once entombed them. These ages help us to constrain the timing and magnitude of climate change on southern Baffin Island over the past ~ 2000 years. Our results show episodic cooling up until ~ 1900 CE, followed by accelerated warming through present.