Articles | Volume 16, issue 1
Clim. Past, 16, 117–140, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-117-2020
Clim. Past, 16, 117–140, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-117-2020

Research article 15 Jan 2020

Research article | 15 Jan 2020

The end of the African humid period as seen by a transient comprehensive Earth system model simulation of the last 8000 years

Anne Dallmeyer et al.

Data sets

BIOME 6000 DB classified plotfile version 1 Sandy Harrison https://doi.org/10.17864/1947.99

Pollen-based continental climate reconstructions at 6 and 21 ka: A global synthesis P. J. Bartlein, S. P. Harrison, S. Brewer, S. Connor, B. S. A. Davis, K. Gajewski, J. Guiot, T. I. Harrison-Prentice, A> Henderson, O. Peyron, J. C. Prentice, M. Scholze, H. Seppä, B. Shuman, S. Sugita, R. S. Thompson, A. E. Viau, J. Williams, and H. Wu https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-010-0904-1

The time-transgressive termination of the African humid period T. M. Shanahan, N. P. Mckay, K. A. Hughen, J. T. Overpeck, B. Otto-Bliesner, C. W. Heil, J. King, C. A. Scholz, and J. Peck https://doi.org/10.1038/ngeo2329

Pollen-based continental climate reconstructions at 6 and 21 ka: A global synthesis P. J. Bartlein, S. P. Harrison, S. Brewer, S. Connor, B. A. S. Davis, K. Gajewski, J. Guiot, T. I. Harrison-Prentice, A. Henderson, O. Peyron, I. C. Prentice, M. Scholze, H. Seppä, B. Shuman, S. Sugita, R. S. Thompson, A. E. Viau, J. Williams, and H. Wu https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-010-0904-1

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We analyse the end of the African humid period (AHP) in a transient Holocene simulation performed with the comprehensive Earth system model MPI-ESM1.2. The model reproduces the time-transgressive end of the AHP evident in proxy data and indicates that changes in moisture can be attributed to the retreat of the summer monsoon and to changes in the extratropical troughs. The spatially varying impact of these systems imposes regionally different responses to the Holocene insolation change.