Articles | Volume 17, issue 1
Clim. Past, 17, 269–315, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-269-2021
Clim. Past, 17, 269–315, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-269-2021

Review article 28 Jan 2021

Review article | 28 Jan 2021

The Eocene–Oligocene transition: a review of marine and terrestrial proxy data, models and model–data comparisons

David K. Hutchinson et al.

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The Eocene–Oligocene transition was a major climate cooling event from a largely ice-free world to the first major glaciation of Antarctica, approximately 34 million years ago. This paper reviews observed changes in temperature, CO2 and ice sheets from marine and land-based records at this time. We present a new model–data comparison of this transition and find that CO2-forced cooling provides the best explanation of the observed global temperature changes.