Climatic Change

, Volume 94, Issue 3–4, pp 267–273 | Cite as

The IPCC on a heterogeneous Medieval Warm Period

  • Jan EsperEmail author
  • David Frank


In their 2007 report, IPCC working group 1 refers to an increased heterogeneity of climate during medieval times about 1000 years ago. This conclusion would be of relevance, as it implies a contrast in the spatial signature and forcing of current warmth to that during the Medieval Warm Period. Our analysis of the data displayed in the IPCC report, however, shows no indication of an increased spread between long-term proxy records. We emphasize the relevance of sample replication issues, and argue that an estimation of long-term spatial homogeneity changes is premature based on the smattering of data currently available.


Proxy Record Medieval Warm Period Regional Curve Standardization Homogeneity Change IPCC Working Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Swiss Federal Research Institute WSLBirmensdorfSwitzerland
  2. 2.Oeschger Centre for Climate Change ResearchBernSwitzerland

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