Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Research article
15 Nov 2022
Research article |  | 15 Nov 2022

Leeuwin Current dynamics over the last 60 kyr – relation to Australian ecosystem and Southern Ocean change

Dirk Nürnberg, Akintunde Kayode, Karl J. F. Meier, and Cyrus Karas


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on cp-2022-33', Bradley Opdyke, 15 Jul 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Dirk Nuernberg, 28 Sep 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on cp-2022-33', Anonymous Referee #2, 18 Jul 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Dirk Nuernberg, 28 Sep 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 Oct 2022) by Luc Beaufort
AR by Dirk Nuernberg on behalf of the Authors (11 Oct 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (23 Oct 2022) by Luc Beaufort
Short summary
The Leeuwin Current to the west of Australia steers the heat exchange between the tropical and the subantarctic ocean areas. Its prominent variability during the last glacial effectively shaped the Australian ecosystem and was closely related to the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. At ~ 43 ka BP, the rapidly weakening Leeuwin Current, the ecological response in Australia, and human interference likely caused the extinction of the exotic Australian megafauna.