Articles | Volume 15, issue 5
Clim. Past, 15, 1771–1792, 2019
Clim. Past, 15, 1771–1792, 2019
Research article
27 Sep 2019
Research article | 27 Sep 2019

Objective extraction and analysis of statistical features of Dansgaard–Oeschger events

Johannes Lohmann and Peter D. Ditlevsen

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Greenland ice core records show that the climate of the last glacial period was frequently interrupted by rapid warming events, followed by cooling episodes of vastly different duration. We fit a generic waveform to the noisy ice core record in order to extract a robust climate signal and empirically study what controls the amplitude and duration of the warmings and coolings. We find that cooling transitions are more predictable than warmings and are influenced by different climate forcings.