Dynamics of past warm climates
Published: 28/3 - 2012 Last updated: 3/10 - 2012
Thematic area: Climate sensitivity and thresholds
Warm periods in Earth´s history
DYNAWARM seeks to improve our understanding of the climate system in a warmer world by studying thresholds, the processes that govern them, and their behaviour in past and future warm climates. Specific topics of investigation include:
- the possibility of thresholds in the response of sea ice cover, ice sheets and Arctic biota to global warming
- characterizing the ocean during past warm periods, in particular the temperature and circulation in the North Atlantic and the El Niño-Southern Oscillation in the tropical Pacific.
An interdisciplinary approach combining physical oceanography, paleoceanography and numerical modelling will be used to address these unknowns.