Articles | Volume 20, issue 3
Research article
18 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 18 Mar 2024

Glacial inception through rapid ice area increase driven by albedo and vegetation feedbacks

Matteo Willeit, Reinhard Calov, Stefanie Talento, Ralf Greve, Jorjo Bernales, Volker Klemann, Meike Bagge, and Andrey Ganopolski


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1462', Anonymous Referee #1, 21 Aug 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1462', Anonymous Referee #2, 31 Oct 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Dec 2023) by Pepijn Bakker
AR by Matteo Willeit on behalf of the Authors (23 Dec 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Feb 2024) by Pepijn Bakker
AR by Matteo Willeit on behalf of the Authors (10 Feb 2024)  Manuscript 
Short summary
We present transient simulations of the last glacial inception with the coupled climate–ice sheet model CLIMBER-X showing a rapid increase in Northern Hemisphere ice sheet area and a sea level drop by ~ 35 m, with the vegetation feedback playing a key role. Overall, our simulations confirm and refine previous results showing that climate-vegetation–cryosphere–carbon cycle feedbacks play a fundamental role in the transition from interglacial to glacial states.