The PRISM4 (mid-Piacenzian) palaeoenvironmental reconstruction

Dowsett, Harry, Dolan, Aisling, Rowley, David, Pound, Matthew, Salzmann, Ulrich, Robinson, Marci, Chandler, Mark, Foley, Kevin and Haywood, Alan (2016) The PRISM4 (mid-Piacenzian) palaeoenvironmental reconstruction. Climate of the Past Discussions, 12. pp. 1519-1538. ISSN 1814-9359

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The mid-Piacenzian is known as a period of relative warmth when compared to the present day. A comprehensive understanding of conditions during the Piacenzian serves as both a conceptual model and a source for boundary conditions and means of verification of global climate model experiments. In this paper we present the PRISM4 reconstruction, a palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of the mid-Piacenzian (~ 3 Ma) containing data for palaeogeography, land and sea-ice, sea-surface temperature, vegetation, soils and lakes. Our retrodicted palaeogeography takes into account glacial isostatic adjustments and changes in dynamic topography. Soils and lakes, both significant as land surface features, are introduced to the PRISM reconstruction for the first time. Sea-surface temperature and vegetation reconstructions are unchanged but now have confidence assessments. The PRISM4 reconstruction is being used as boundary condition data for the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project, Phase 2 (PlioMIP2) experiments.

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Additional Information: Article is published in 'under review' status and will be published in fully-reviewed condition after 16-5-16 - attached text file should be updated then PB.
Subjects: F600 Geology
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Ulrich Salzmann
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 09:02
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 01:46

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