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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-14-1441-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-14-1441-2018
Research article
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18 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 18 Oct 2018

The role of regional feedbacks in glacial inception on Baffin Island: the interaction of ice flow and meteorology

Leah Birch, Timothy Cronin, and Eli Tziperman

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We investigate the regional dynamics at the beginning of the last ice age, using a nested configuration of the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model with a simple ice flow model. We find that ice sheet height causes a negative feedback on continued ice growth by interacting with the atmospheric circulation, causing warming on Baffin Island, and inhibiting the initiation of the last ice age. We conclude that processes at larger scales are needed to overcome the regional warming effect.