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Russian Meteorology and Hydrology

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 366–371 | Cite as

Reconstruction of Climate of the Eemian Interglacial Using an Earth System Model. Part 2. The Response of the Greenland Ice Sheet to Climate Change

  • O. O. Rybak
  • E. M. Volodin
  • P. A. Morozova
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Abstract

In the framework of the study of the Eemian interglacial we consider the role of the Greenland ice sheet in the rise of the mean level of the World Ocean. Its contribution estimated as 2 m confirms the newest estimates based on the model results and on the proxy data analysis. In the beginning of the Eemian interglacial (earlier than 126 thousand years ago) mass lost occurs through the marine margin of the sheet. During the next five millennia, the negative surface mass balance plays the leading role. Taking into account the contribution of Greenland ice sheet, ocean thermal expansion, and the melting of mountain glaciers and ice caps, it is very probable that the West Antarctic ice sheet was the main source of the global sea level growth equal to 6–9 m the compared to the present.

Keywords

Climate mathematical model glacial–interglacial cycles Eemian interglacial Greenland ice sheet the World Ocean level 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. O. Rybak
    • 1
    • 2
  • E. M. Volodin
    • 1
  • P. A. Morozova
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Numerical Mathematics of RASMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Sochi Research Center of RASSochiRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Geography of RASMoscowRussia

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