Articles | Volume 16, issue 4
Clim. Past, 16, 1643–1665, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1643-2020

Special issue: PlioMIP Phase 2: experimental design, implementation and scientific...

Clim. Past, 16, 1643–1665, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-1643-2020

Research article 27 Aug 2020

Research article | 27 Aug 2020

Sensitivity of mid-Pliocene climate to changes in orbital forcing and PlioMIP's boundary conditions

Eric Samakinwa et al.

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Short summary
Boundary conditions, forcing, and methodology for the two phases of PlioMIP differ considerably. We compare results from PlioMIP1 and PlioMIP2 simulations. We also carry out sensitivity experiments to infer the relative contribution of different boundary conditions to mid-Pliocene warmth. Our results show dominant effects of mid-Pliocene geography on the climate state and also that prescribing orbital forcing for different time slices within the mid-Pliocene could lead to pronounced variations.