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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1691-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1691-2019
Research article
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13 Sep 2019
Research article |  | 13 Sep 2019

The HadCM3 contribution to PlioMIP phase 2

Stephen J. Hunter, Alan M. Haywood, Aisling M. Dolan, and Julia C. Tindall

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In this paper, we model climate of the mid-Piacenzian warm period (mPWP; ~3 million years ago), a geological analogue for contemporary climate. Using the HadCM3 climate model, we show how changes in CO2 and geography contributed to mPWP climate. We find mPWP warmth focussed in the high latitudes, geography-driven precipitation changes, complex changes in sea surface temperature and intensified overturning in the North Atlantic (AMOC).