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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2021-9
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2021-9

  18 Mar 2021

18 Mar 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal CP.

Milankovitch, the father of paleoclimate modelling

Andre Berger Andre Berger
  • Georges Lemaître Center for Earth and Climate Research, Earth and Life Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvainla-Neuve, 1348, Belgium

Abstract. The origin of the long-term variations of the astronomical elements used by Milankovitch are first described, followed by the value of the astronomical periods. The detailed calculations by Milankovitch of the incoming solar radiation during the astronomical and caloric half-years are summarized, stressing the originality of the caloric ones. The second original contribution of Milankovitch to paleoclimate research was without any doubt his mathematical climate. How this model allowed him to give the caloric summer and winter insolation a climatological meaning is illustrated.

Andre Berger

Status: open (until 18 May 2021)

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This paper stresses the original contributions of Milankovitch related to his caloric seasons and his climate model giving the caloric seasons a climatological meaning.