Greenhouse Gas (CO2, CH4) and Climate Evolution since 650 kyrs Deduced from Anta
Date: Thursday, September 29 @ 08:00:00 MDT
Topic: Carbon Cycle Response to Climate Change

By Jean Marc Barnola

Ice cores are unique archives of past climatic and atmospheric conditions through the isotopic composition of the ice and the analysis of the air bubbles trapped. In 1999 Petit et al published the reconstruction of the Antarctic climate and atmospheric composition over the last 420 000 years from the Vostok ice core. This record covered the last four glacial inter glacial cycles back to the end of the marine interstadial 11 (MIS 11). It has revealed the close relationship between the atmospheric part of the carbon cycle and the climate. With CO2 concentration oscillating between 180 and 280 ppmv during the last 4 climatic cycles. In a similar way the methane concentration followed closely temperature on glacial interglacial time scales, with millennial-scale structures during glacial times which appear out of phased with Antarctic temperature but, at least for the last glaciation, in phase with the Greenland rapid climatic oscillations, as revealed by the GISP and GRIP ice cores.

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This article comes from The 7th International CO2 Conference Web Site

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