Articles | Volume 18, issue 2
Clim. Past, 18, 249–271, 2022

Special issue: A century of Milankovic’s theory of climate changes: achievements...

Clim. Past, 18, 249–271, 2022
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11 Feb 2022
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Abrupt climate changes and the astronomical theory: are they related?

Denis-Didier Rousseau et al.

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The study of abrupt climate changes is a relatively new field of research that addresses paleoclimate variations that occur in intervals of tens to hundreds of years. Such timescales are much shorter than the tens to hundreds of thousands of years that the astronomical theory of climate addresses. We revisit several high-resolution proxy records of the past 3.2 Myr and show that the abrupt climate changes are nevertheless affected by the orbitally induced insolation changes.