Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Clim. Past, 17, 2537–2558, 2021

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

Clim. Past, 17, 2537–2558, 2021

Research article 08 Dec 2021

Research article | 08 Dec 2021

Evaluating the large-scale hydrological cycle response within the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project Phase 2 (PlioMIP2) ensemble

Zixuan Han et al.

Data sets

Lessons from a high-CO2 world: an ocean view from ~ 3 million years ago ( E. L. McClymont, H. L. Ford, S. L. Ho, J. C. Tindall, A. M. Haywood, M. Alonso-Garcia, I. Bailey, M. A. Berke, K. Littler, M. O. Patterson, B. Petrick, F. Peterse, A. C. Ravelo, B. Risebrobakken, S. De Schepper, G. E. A. Swann, K. Thirumalai, J. E. Tierney, C. van der Weijst, S. White, A. Abe-Ouchi, M. L. J. Baatsen, E. C. Brady, W.-L. Chan, D. Chandan, R. Feng, C. Guo, A. S. von der Heydt, S. Hunter, X. Li, G. Lohmann, K. H. Nisancioglu, B. L. Otto-Bliesner, W. R. Peltier, C. Stepanek, and Z. Zhang

Increased climate response and earth system sensitivity from CCSM4 to CESM2 in mid-Pliocene simulations ( R. Feng, B. L. Otto-Bliesner, E. C. Brady, and N. Rosenbloom

Short summary
Understanding the potential processes responsible for large-scale hydrological cycle changes in a warmer climate is of great importance. Our study implies that an imbalance in interhemispheric atmospheric energy during the mid-Pliocene could have led to changes in the dynamic effect, offsetting the thermodynamic effect and, hence, altering mid-Pliocene hydroclimate cycling. Moreover, a robust westward shift in the Pacific Walker circulation can moisten the northern Indian Ocean.