Articles | Volume 17, issue 4
Clim. Past, 17, 1587–1605, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-1587-2021
Clim. Past, 17, 1587–1605, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-1587-2021
Research article
29 Jul 2021
Research article | 29 Jul 2021

How precipitation intermittency sets an optimal sampling distance for temperature reconstructions from Antarctic ice cores

Thomas Münch et al.

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We analyse Holocene climate model simulation data to find the locations of Antarctic ice cores which are best suited to reconstruct local- to regional-scale temperatures. We find that the spatial decorrelation scales of the temperature variations and of the noise from precipitation intermittency set an effective sampling length scale. Following this, a single core should be located at the target site for the temperature reconstruction, and a second one optimally lies more than 500 km away.