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PAGE 1 Investigating past interglacials: An integrative approach Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Editors: Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Emilie Capron, Emma Stone, Lucien von Gunten and Thorsten Kiefer ne w s The work of Cesare Emiliani in the 1950s paved the way for research on glacial-interglacial cycles. His composite temperature curve derived from the Caribbean deep sea is displayed here, highlighting, in red, the present (left, last 10 ka) and the last (right, 128-116 ka) inter glacials. Studying past interglacial climates provides unique insights on how natural climate changes interact with anthropogenic global warming. This PAGES newsletter highlights Past4Future project research, which aims at improving our understanding of the climate during the last two interglacials by combining paleoclimatic records with climate model simulations.


2 Announcements DORTHE DAHL-JENSEN 1 EMILIE CAPRON 2 AND EMMA STONE 3 1 Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohrs Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; 2 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 3 School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK Editorial: Past4Future learning from interglacials The EU Framework Programme 7 Collaborative Project Past4Future aims to generate knowledge from climate change during past interglacials that can improve our ability to predict the future. G lobal warming strongly influences the future prospects of both citi zens and policy makers. The change of climate calls for innovative decisions on food production, risk management, and energy policy. Uncertainties con cerning the interplay between natural climatic and environmental variations and man-made changes remain a major obstacle for defining plausible trajec tories of climate change in the coming decades. This is important for decisions on mitigation, adaptation, and risk re duction and our capability to monitor the efficiency of climate policy frame works to reach desired climate targets. By studying past climate changes when the Earth was as warm or warm er than at present we can gain knowl edge about natural climatic and en vironmental variability on decadal to multi-millennial timescales and relate them to the recent changes originat ing from anthropogenic influences. Paleorecords show that the climate sys tem has changed abruptly in the past (e.g. Alley et al. 1997; Dansgaard et al. 1993; Steffensen et al. 2008), but the extent of such changes during warm periods has still to be fully investigat ed. Understanding the climate dynam ics and variability during warm time periods, and the likelihood of abrupt changes within the system, requires improved insight into interactions between forcings such as freshwater Inside PAGES New SSC members PAGES is pleased to introduce three new members of its Scientic Steering Committee (SSC). Collectively they will strengthen the committees modeling and sea level expertise. Pascale Braconnot from heads the Climate Modeling team at Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement in Gifsur-Yvette, France. Her scientic interest con cerns the role of the ocean in climate and changes in the tropical hydrological cycle, focusing on the Afro-Asian monsoon and the El Nio-Southern Oscillation. Hugues Goosse is a climate modeler at the Universit catholique de Louvain in Belgium, with a strong interest in decadal to multi-cen tennial climate variabil ity and on the applica tion of data assimilation methods in paleoclimatology. Yusuke Yokoyama is Associate Professor at the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, Japan. His research is on proxybased sea-level change and the development of dating methods to interpret sea-level and other palaeoclimate records. Wed like to take this opportunity to thank the members who recently rotated o the SSC, Takeshi Nakatsuka, Pierre Francus and Jos Carriquiri, for their in valuable support and contributions during their time on the PAGES SSC. Goa meetings The 4 th PAGES Open Science Meeting (OSM) and 2 nd Young Scientists Meeting (YSM), which were held in February 2013 in Goa, India, fostered scientic exchange and collaboration amongst participants from around the world. If you werent amongst those attending, you may still participate retrospectively in the events: View sessions and abstracts on the website, and stay tuned for presentation, poster, photo and video uploads ( PAGES umbrella programs In April, PAGES, the Forum for Climate and Global Change ProClim, and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, will jointly host the annual meeting of the Scientic Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme in Bern, Switzerland. The dominating topic will be the shaping of and transitioning to the Future Earth super-program (see Program News, PAGES news 20(2)), which may become the next big thing in terms of Global Change science organization. Support for meetings During its meeting in February, the PAGES SSC granted support for a total of nine scientic and educational meetings. The next deadline for applying for PAGES meeting support is 1 May 2013. Support can be sought for workshop-style meet ings relevant to PAGES Foci and Cross Cutting Themes. The three eligible cat egories are PAGES Working Group meet ings, workshops with a design towards training or education, and an open call for other PAGES-relevant workshops. Application guidelines and forms can be found on the PAGES website (My PAGES > Meeting Support). Next newsletter issues The next two issues of PAGESnews will focus on ENSO and Dust. While the ENSO issue is closed, suitable articles for the Dust issue may still be included. Contact Ute Merkel ( before 30 April 2013. As always, you are invited to submit Science Highlights, Program News, and Workshop Reports for the Open Section of PAGESnews. Find author guidelines on the PAGES website (My PAGES > Newsletter).


3 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Editorial discharge, changes in solar irradiance, volcanic eruptions and greenhouse gas concentration, and sensitive com ponents of the climate system such as monsoon patterns, thermohaline cir culation, sea ice extent, and ice sheets (IPCC AR4 report 2007). In this context, Past4Future, a Collaborative Project launched in January 2010 under the 7 th Framework Programme of the European Commission, aims at improving our un derstanding of the processes involved in the climatic variations over the last two interglacial periods. PAGES is a project partner charged with project outreach through the PAGES newsletter and a website. Moreover, Past4Future science is internationally interwoven with several PAGES activities, such as the PAGES working groups on sea level (PALSEA), past interglacials (PIGS), pa leofire (GPWG), and sea ice (SIP). This special issue of the PAGES newsletter is accordingly sponsored by Past4Future. It illustrates the research undertaken until now in the framework of the proj ect and reports about recent PAGES re lated activities. The Past4Future project The Past4Future project uses exist ing and new paleoclimate records from ice cores (e.g. Dahl-Jensen et al.; Masson-Delmotte et al. this issue), ma rine cores (e.g. Gersonde and de Vernal; Andresen et al. this issue), speleothems (e.g. Genty et al. this issue), and pollen amongst others. Combining the glob ally distributed records from these ar chives enables us to reconstruct climat ic and environmental changes during the present interglacial (the Holocene) and the last interglacial (hereafter, LIG). In addition to providing the highest re solved and most comprehensive datas ets available for studying past intergla cials, these two time periods constitute distinct case studies to explore climate feedbacks in response to orbital forc ing. The LIG also appears to be excep tionally warm in the context of the past 800 ka (e.g. Jouzel et al. 2007; Lang and Wolff 2011; NEEM community mem bers 2013). As a consequence, it pro vides insights for future climate change driven by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. Otto-Bliesner et al. 2006; Turney and Jones 2010). The pa leoclimatic records are combined in in tegrated analyses with climate models of various degrees of complexity (Stone et al. this issue a), proxy modeling (Sime et al. this issue) and data assimilation (Mairesse et al. this issue). As such, the Past4Future project is focused around the following four key questions: 1. What is the risk of abrupt changes in interglacials? Abrupt changes during interglacials are caused by poorly understood complex interactions of internal and external forcings. Investigation of the forcings, reaction of the climate system, and impacts on the environment are car ried out through integration of syn chronized observations and model output. Results aim to inform on the risk of abrupt changes in the next cen tury when man-made forcings such as increasing greenhouse gases add a di mension to the complexity of the sys tem (Sapart et al. 2012). 2. Can we understand the greenhouse gas records of the interglacial periods? On orbital timescales greenhouse gases mirror climate changes with lower con centrations in cold periods and higher concentrations in warmer periods (e.g. Lthi et al. 2008). Studying greenhouse gas changes across past interglacials offers insights into the dynamics of greenhouse gas budgets and fluxes, e.g. through variations in the capacity of the ocean and terrestrial biosphere to absorb atmospheric CO 2 and the pos sibility of methane release in response to warming. Understanding the biogeo chemical cycle in the past is therefore crucial for predicting the future (see Brcher and Brovkin, this issue). 3. What is the risk of rapid collapse of polar ice sheets? Sea level changes are one serious risk that strongly influences the living con ditions for the large populations in close proximity to the sea (e.g. Bangladesh). The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) estimates a sea level rise between 18 and 59 cm by the year 2100. This es timate range, however, did not include the full effect of possible changes in ice sheet dynamics. Therefore, the AR4 probably underestimates the upper bound for sea level rise. The LIG has ex perienced sea level highstands several meters above today (Kopp et al. 2009; Dutton and Lambeck 2012) attributed, in part, to a reduction in ice sheet vol ume in both polar regions. Thus study ing the LIG can advance our ability to predict reaction times and thresholds for the ice sheets (Siddall et al.; Masson Delmotte et al. this issue). 4. Did ocean circulation change significantly during previous interglacials? Ocean circulation strongly influenc es the climate of Europe, especially through the warm surface currents in the North Atlantic Ocean (e.g. Jacob et al. 2005). During glacial periods the ocean circulation has abruptly changed resulting in dramatic climate changes. The interglacial periods offer an oppor tunity to see to what degree shutdowns or slowdowns of the thermohaline cir culation occurred in previous warm pe riods (e.g. Bakker et al. 2012; Govin et al. 2012). The content of this PAGES newsletter strongly reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the Past4Future work packag es which focus both on data and mod eling targets. The newsletter begins by giving a flavor of how to collect paleo data in the field including the logistics and challenges involved (Genty et al.; Gersonde and Seidenkrantz; Steffensen et al. this issue). In addition, it high lights the challenges encountered by the climate modelers in the comput er lab (Stone et al. this issue b). The Science Highlights report on a diverse range of topics: reviews of previous re search (e.g. Capron et al. this issue), col laborative modeling efforts, new meth odological approaches (e.g. Kerhwald et al. this issue), data compilation etc. Indeed, one product of the Past4Future project, aside from new research re sults, is the integration of the different research groups to successfully address the challenge of model-data compari son. The Past4Future project is ongo ing until 2015. The results are already significant but they also show the chal lenges ahead in providing a coherent story of climate interactions in the past and how this might be used to inform on future climate. Selected references Full reference list online under: Alley RB et al. (1997) Geology 25: 483-486 Bakker P, Van Meerbeeck CJ, Renssen (2012) Climate of the Past 8: 9951009 Govin A et al. (2012) Climate of the Past 8: 483-507 Lang N, Wol EW (2011) Climate of the Past 7, 361-380 Turney CSM, Jones RT (2010) Journal of Quaternary Science 25: 839-843


4 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Figure 2: An excerpt from the stakeholder survey: feedback to the question How useful to you are the following methods of information delivery? 11 of the 13 stakeholders responded to whether they found the dierent methods of delivery very useful, useful or not useful. The remaining two stakeholders provided written feedback. Past4Future stakeholder survey HENNING THING Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen; T he European Union-funded Past4Future project aims at improving our knowl edge of the climate system and the occur rence of abrupt climate changes during the last two interglacials, thereby paving the road for reducing the uncertainties in pre dicting future climate. The outcome of the project will eventually be globally dissemi nated and so far we have focused on the best way to communicate our results with citizens and policy-makers of the European Union. For this purpose, we have (1) identied Past4Future stakeholders, (2) established a dialogue with them, using an online ques tionnaire, and (3) produced an assessment of their formulated needs and opinions. The online form presented 14 questions with a total of 78 multiple-choice options for answers as well as additional elds for entering detailed information. It took 10 to 12 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Past4Future Stakeholders We dened a Past4Future stakeholder as follows: an organization, a government agency, a commercial company or a com munity that has a direct or indirect stake in future climate change because it impacts its activities positively or negatively at a lo cal, regional or global scale. The aim was to receive feedback from at least 20 stakeholders. We identied and approached a total of 141 potential partici pants in very diverse positions, represent ing 22 European Union countries, Norway and the USA. The stakeholders were all contacted individually via targeted emails and friendly reminders. Unfortunately, we received feedback from only a few stake holders: 18 people responded, but only 13 actually completed the questionnaire. Therefore, the opinions and comments expressed by the stakeholders in the re view are based on these 13 feedbacks. A response rate of 9% illustrates how dicult it is to get the attention of the stakeholders although they have been individually ap proached and tended to. Our method ob viously has not been successful; a personal face-to-face brieng with each stakeholder immediately before a paper-based ques tionnaire was scheduled would likely have produced a much higher response rate. From the 13 stakeholders, seven come from the public sector (including politician, consultant, agency advisor), three are active in the private sector (e.g. consultant, me dia) and three are in the eld of academia. Around half of the stakeholders operate in the strategic sphere, 30% conduct research and about 15% are in education elds. Interests and opinions of the Past4Future stakeholders However small the sample size is, the an swers to the questionnaire form the founda tion for assessing how to best present and disseminate the results and conclusions of the Past4Future project. This assessment is a rst step to help the project partners to appraise stakeholders interests and needs, the communication pitfalls and the recom mended ways in which project activities and results must be communicated widely to the science community, among policymakers, other stakeholders, and to citizens of Europe and beyond. Here are the main outcomes gathered from the 13 stakeholders: Firstly, we consider their views on climate change projections: (1) These projections are most often used in a scientic context but stakeholders active in the public sector also use the projections for policy devel opment (Fig. 1). (2) It is important for the stakeholders to know the exact informa tion source, the assumptions made and the associated uncertainties. Stakeholders require projections on climate change risks to be founded in peer-reviewed sources or other sources of high credibility. Secondly, their main scientic interests are in: (1) the anthropogenic increase of at mospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and (2) air and ocean temperature changes as well as sea level changes. The stakehold ers are less interested in changes caused by solar and volcanic activity. Thirdly, we consider their views on how to deliver the Past4Future project results (Fig. 2): (1) A personal brieng is preferred as the most useful method, supplemented by targeted information via email and web site. (2) Press releases as well as written articles and conference presentations are considered useful means of delivering proj ect results and conclusions. (3) Glossy bro chures are deemed a waste of resources. In addition, most stakeholders estimate that information should be updated regularly. Finally, in terms of the content, results should be delivered with an associated uncertainty. The stakeholder preference for this is an uncertainty that is expressed in IPCC style as they understand this con cept. Again, they insist on the need to know the sources of uncertainty in the climate change projections. Outlook The delivery of Past4Future results into pol icy forums cannot be assumed and must be approached in a proactive manner. We will use forms, means and modes that will target the European perspective and im pact our stakeholders. This will be achieved through various communicative products (including personal briengs, conference presentations, science journals, press re leases, and public addresses) during the next two years, thereby enhancing Europe's ability to act timely and prudently while facing the challenges of the future climate. Figure 1: An excerpt from the stakeholder survey: Feedback to the question "In which contexts do you use projections about future climate change? Stakeholders were allowed to select multiple answers since they can use future climate change projections in more than one context. Past4Future: Behind the Scenes


5 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Lifting the veil on speleothem sampling SOPHIE VERHEY DEN 1 AND DOMINIQUE GENTY 2 1 Geological Survey, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium; 2 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de lEnvironnement, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France Figure 1: Speleothem samples taken in the framework of the Past4Future project. A) Core drilling of the RSM 17 stalagmite in the Remouchamps Cave, Belgium. The photo shows the drilling device used and the base of the stalagmite. B) Retrieval of a speleothem core. C) The stalagmite taken from Clamouse Cave, France. Photos: E. Zaremba, S. Verheyden, and D. Genty. D uring the last decade, speleothem stud ies have enhanced our understanding of the evolution of continental climate thanks to the acquisition of high-resolution welldated time-series (Cruz et al. 2005; Drysdale et al. 2009; Fleitmann et al. 2009; Genty et al. 2003; Genty et al. this issue; Wang et al. 2008). Speleothems can be precisely dated to up to 600 ka BP with the Uranium-Thorium meth od and potentially even further back in time if datable with the Uranium-Lead method. Preparing for speleothem retrieval Access to a cave for sampling is generally the result of long collaborations and much in vestment of time in order to build a trusting relationship with local cavers, cave owners, and cave managers. Also, speleothem sam pling raises ethical issues related to their en vironmental, esthetical, and economic (tour istic) signicance. For this reason, sampling is usually conducted with respect to the few existing codes of ethics that provide specic guidelines for scientic work (UIS 1997, 2001; SSS-SGH 2004) (see FFS 2005 for an overview of the existing codes of ethics). Since the number of speleothem studies and thus sampling are rapidly increasing (Fleitmann and Sptl 2008), an enhanced exchange of already sampled speleothems through pub lished literature or via internationally refer enced museum collections is increasingly needed. This will help minimize the impact of speleothem research on cave environments. To select the most appropriate spe leothems to sample, cave monitoring (e.g. Genty 2008; Mattey et al. 2008; Verheyden et al. 2008) and preliminary dating is performed (Sptl and Mattey 2012). These rst steps pro vide basic information on both the climatic response and growth period enclosed in the selected sample before its removal from the cave. Ongoing technical developments using portable in-situ imagery (Favalli et al. 2011; Hajri et al. 2009) and in-situ chemical analy ses (Cuat et al. 2005; Dandurand et al. 2011) will provide, in the future, information on the Uranium content and internal structure of speleothems, ensuring that scientists select the most appropriate in-situ samples without the need for preliminary laboratory work. Retrieving speleothems In the framework of the Past4Future proj ect, scientists have collected new spe leothem data covering the last interglacial period (LIG) and the penultimate deglacia tion (Termination II). Among the new sam ples is RSM17, a broken stalagmite ap proximately 3-m-long and 1-m in diameter, from the Remouchamps Cave in southeast Belgium (BiSpEem project, Belspo 20122016). Preliminary Uranium-series dates indicate that the stalagmite was deposited between 126 [-11, +14] and 95.3 [-8, +9] ka BP with an overall growth-rate of 0.1 mm yr -1 (Gewelt 1985). A team of seven people cored the stalagmite in May 2012. Since the stalag mite is located in a section of the cave open to tourists and close to the underground river, electricity and cooling water were avail able, facilitating the operation. However, the drilling was often interrupted by tourist visits. After six hours, 11 cores of ~30-cm -long and 8-cm-diameter were retrieved from the sta lagmite (Fig. 1A-B). Sub-samples are currently at the University of Minnesota waiting to be Uranium dated. In June 2012, a ~1.4-m-long and ~10cm in diameter stalagmite was found broken on the oor of the Clamouse Cave (south ern France), where other spelethems have already been sampled (McMillan et al. 2005; Plagnes et al. 2002; Quinif 1992) (Fig. 1C). The stalagmite was removed from the cave and ongoing dating is now needed to conrm that this stalagmite covers the LIG time peri od. The southern part of France benets from optimal climate conditions enabling continu ous speleothem growth during Termination periods, while speleothem growth further north generally only starts when full intergla cial conditions are present. Such a thin take-away stalagmite is ide al for studying the entire section, while drilled cores such as those from the Remouchamps Cave only reveal part of the internal section of the stalagmite. However, core drilling pro vides the possibility of sampling large stalag mites and owstones. Importantly, drilling provides a unique opportunity to sample with minimal impact on the cave environ ment (Sptl and Mattey 2012). Outlook The speleothems sampled in the Remouchamps and Clamouse Caves in the framework of the Past4Future project are cur rently being analyzed. They will provide new chronological constraints on the onset of the LIG time period. They will also complement the existing speleothem dataset compiled by Genty et al. (this issue) with the aim of improving our understanding of the conti nental climate variability in Western Europe during Termination II and the LIG. Acknowledgements We thank the Remouchamps cave owners and managers, Y. Quinif, C. Ek, M. Gewelt, S. Delaby, cavers, Nicole Dubois and her team. Selected references Full reference list online under: BiSpEem Project Belspo (2012 2016). Available at: www.naturalscienc Drysdale, RN et al. (2009) Science 325: 1527 1531 Sptl C, Mattey D (2012) Journal of Speleology 41: 29 34 UIS (1997) Available at: Wang Y et al. (2008) Nature 451: 1090 1093 We provide insights on speleothem sampling and describe the eldwork involved in the retrieval campaigns of two calcite speleothems in the framework of the Past4Future project. Past4Future: Behind the Scenes


6 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Drilling a deep ice core at the NEEM site in Greenland JRGEN P STEFFENSEN Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen; We summarize the dierent approaches and logistical requirements for completing an ice core drilling. We also present the recent North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) international project. I ce cores are drilled in glaciers and on ice sheets on all of Earths continents. Whilst mountain glacier shallow ice core drilling reaches depths of ~300 m, deep drilling of several kilometers can be achieved on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Drilling an ice core Specialized drills are used to drill ice cores. They range in length from 3.5 m to 15 m. The devices hang on a steel cable with electrical wires inside allow ing remote control from the surface. The cable runs from a winch over a top wheel on a vertical tower during drill ing. Ice core drills can be either electro mechanical or thermal. An electromechanical drill is simply a rotating pipe (core tube) with cut ters at the head (Fig. 1A). During rota tion, the cutters incise a circle around the ice to be cored until the core tube is filled with ice. The cuttings (also re ferred to as ice chips) are transported to a chip chamber in the drill. Rotation of the drill head is achieved by anchor ing the motor section to the wall of the borehole with knife springs that allow sliding up and down but prevent any rotation. When the drill tube is full, the ice core is broken by a pull in the cable. Several barbs inside the core tube grab the core and break it. The drill is sub sequently hoisted to the surface and in the case of most intermediate and deep-sized drills the drill and tower are tilted horizontally for easy removal of the core. In the thermal drill, a ring -shaped heating element melts a circle around the ice to be cored and the melt water is stored in a tank in the drill. Ice cores have typical diameters of 75 mm, 98 mm or 123 mm. They are usually retrieved in sections that are 1 m to as much as 4 m in length (Fig. 1B). As glacier ice deforms under pressure, it is necessary to fill the borehole with a drilling fluid for depths below ~400 m to compensate for the increasing hy drostatic pressure of the surrounding ice with depth. This drilling fluid has a density slightly above the density of the glacier ice (920 kg m 3 ) and thus pre vents plastic deformation of the bore hole and constriction of its width. The logistics of ice core field camps A shallow drilling for a ~100-m-deep ice core can be performed on open snow as the drilling only takes a day or so. However, intermediate drilling to several hundred meters in depth may take weeks, and this is normally done in the shelter of a tent or in a covered snow trench (Fig. 2A). Deep drilling to more than one kilometer depth take many months and span several summer field seasons. In this case substantial infrastructure, such as a drill shelter, drill fluid supply and handling, electri cal installations, campsite facilities, and organized transportation are needed. The logistics involved in setting up and running a deep ice coring camp are considerable and costly (e.g. the total cost of the NEEM field activities was ~7.4 million euros) and so far only 11 cores deeper than 1.5 km have been drilled worldwide. A substantial part of the costs occur from transportation, either over land by tractor train or, in the case of the NEEM project, by skiequipped LC-130 Hercules air planes. In the past two logistical philosophies have been used: One can limit the scientific analyses in the field to an absolute minimum, which in principle reduces the expen sive manpower required for this task. The ice cores are then cut and analyzed in cold rooms back home; One can do as many analyses in the field as possible, taking advantage of natures own clean cold room in an excavated science trench (Fig. 2B). This approach requires more manpower in the field; the advantages, though, are that scientists can work on the fresh core and that data are available at the end of the field campaign. The key to a successful ice core drilling is the retrieval and documen tation of an unbroken ice core, i.e. the top and bottom of an ice core section have to match up with the previous and subsequent cored sections. The core length (depth) must also be assigned with millimeter precision. Drilling an ice core The NEEM project (2007-2012) is the result of collaboration between 14 in ternational partners and was initiated as an International Polar Year project. Figure 1: Drilling an ice core. A) The drill head of the NEEM drill (photo: J.P. Steensen). B) A freshly drilled 3.5-m ice core section at NEEM (photo: T. Burton). Past 4Future: Behind the Scenes


7 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 The strategy chosen was to perform as many analyses as possible on site. Typical NEEM field season began May 1 st and ended August 15 th A brief synopsis outlines the highlights from each field season during the project: 2007: The project team reached the NEEM ice core drilling site (77N, 51W, 2480 m above sea level) by tractor train from the former NGRIP ice core site some 365 km away. 2008: The team constructed the camp consisting of a four-level geodesic dome, two garage tents, a roofed drill trench and roofed science trench, a powerhouse and six tent buildings (Fig. 2C). The first 110 m of ice were drilled using a mobile shallow drill and the deep drill was installed in the drill trench. 2009 and 2010: The team completed the ice core drilling and ice core scien tific processing. The first ice core with material from the bedrock was drilled in July 2010 at 2535 m depth. During these two seasons the camp population was around 35. 2011 and 2012: Special rock drill ex tensions were mounted on the drill and several meters of debris-laden ice from the base of the ice sheet were drilled. The NEEM camp was deconstructed in July and August 2012. Most of the camp infrastructure, including the geodesic dome, was designed to be stored on heavy sleds, ready to be towed to a fu ture drilling site. The drilling of the NEEM ice core was carried out by two shifts of two drillers and one mechanic with ~30 m of ice drilled per day. An average of 15 scientists were in the science trench to process the drilled ice with the work organized as an assembly line (Fig. 2B). Typical activities in the science trench consisted of documenting and cutting the cores into sections of 55 cm and performing a large range of measure ments such as the Di-Electric Properties (DEP) and electrical conductivity of the ice (solid ice Electrical Conductivity Method, ECM). Thin sections of ice were also prepared to define the physical properties of the ice, and volcanic teph ra layers were sampled. In addition, we also conducted on-line Continuous Flow Analysis of the ice for dust, Na + Cl SO 4 2, NO 3, NH 4 + liquid conductivity, black carbon, formaldehyde, peroxide, and Ca 2+ For the first time, water iso tope measurements by laser spectrom etry and on-line measurements of gas concentrations by laser spectroscopy (CH 4 ; see Blunier et al. this issue) were coupled with the main on-line system. The remaining ice core sections (such as those set aside for discrete gas con centration and water isotopes mea surements) were then packed in insu lated boxes and shipped to cold rooms in Copenhagen for storage. More than 270 individuals spent a total of 12,520 man-days at NEEM. These persons consisted of 51% young scientists, 21% senior scientists, 20% logistics and 8% related to associated projects. In this way NEEM has not only been a project fulfilling a scientific objective to retrieve last interglacial ice (NEEM community members 2013; Dahl-Jensen this issue) but it has also been a unique opportunity for young scientists to gain fieldwork experience in the high Arctic. For many of them, a stay at NEEM has laid the foundation for future successful international collabo rations in ice core science. Reference NEEM community members (2013) Nature 493: 489-494 Past4Future: Behind the Scenes Figure 2: The NEEM ice coring project eld camp. A) 360 view of the NEEM drill trench, 7 m below the surface (photo: M. Leonhardt and J.P. Steensen). B) A 360 view of the NEEM science trench, 7 m below the surface (photo: M. Leonhardt and J.P. Steensen). C) Panoramic view of the NEEM camp in the 2010 eld season (photo: J.P. Steensen).


8 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Sampling marine sediment RAINER GERSONDE 1 AND MARIT-SOL VEIG SEIDENKRANTZ 2 1 Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany; 2 Centre for Past Climate Studies, Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University, Denmark Recovered in ocean basins and marginal seas, marine sediments represent valuable archives to reconstruct global past climate and ocean variability as far back as the Mesozoic time period (150 -170 million years). Here, we give a short overview on how to recover sediments from the ocean oor. A n important prerequisite for successful sample site selection and the decision for an appropriate drilling strategy or cor ing device is the acoustic pre-site survey in the target area. To generate high-resolution 3D images of the ocean oor, multi-beam sonar systems are used. Such a system can accurately map the topography of an area with a width of up to ve and a half times the water depth below the ship's track. For sediment coring (to a total depth of 70 m) sediment echo-sounding systems such as PARASOUND or sub-bottom prolers pro vide information on the sediment deposi tion pattern and can register the sedimen tary layering as deep as 200 m below the sea oor (Fig. 1). At sites selected for deep drilling, additional single or multi-channel seismic surveys are required to generate information on the structure and nature of deep sediment (> 100 m depth) and to pre vent the accidental drilling of sediment rich in explosive and polluting hydrocarbons. Drilling techniques The longest and oldest marine records are recovered in the frame of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP, www.iodp. org). Within the IODP, launched in 2003, and its predecessors the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP, 1968-1983) and the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP, 1985-2003), a total of more than 3,300 sites have been drilled in all ocean basins. The oldest sediments yet recovered from the ocean are from the West Pacic and were dated to ca. 170 million years (Lancelot et al. 1990). IODP operates the riser-less vessel JOIDES Resolution ( JR ) for sediment drilling for paleoclimate stud ies. Additional mission-specic platforms are required for drilling in environments that are not always accessible to the JR such as the sea-ice covered Arctic Ocean and shallow water sites. The current coring techniques utilized by IODP include: The Hydraulic Piston Corer (HPC) and the Advanced Piston Corer (APC), which are push type, non-rotating tools that produce well-preserved, well-oriented and continu ous cores from unconsolidated sediment. This makes the recovered sediment cores most suitable for paleoceanographic studies at high resolution. The HPC/APC techniques, however, are generally limited to the upper 200 m of sediment. The Extended Core Barrel (XCB) coring sys tem, which is used to recover deeper and more consolidated sediments. The Rotary Core Barrel (RCB) system, the oldest and most basic technique, which is used to retrieve cores from hard sediment and rock. For all these techniques the sediment is retrieved in plastic liners. This allows the core, which is then cut into 1.5-m segments, to be suitably handled, logged, and sam pled on board and on shore. For a detailed compilation of IODP drilling techniques see Considering that access to drilling vessels is limited, MARUM (University of Bremen) has developed the MEBO sea oor drill rig (Freudenthal and Wefer 2007). MEBO weights 10 tons and can be deployed from standard research vessels. It is operable at water depths up to 2000 m and drills up to 80-m-long cores. Thus, this relatively inex pensive drilling technique allows for the re covery of more consolidated sediment that cannot be collected with the available nondrilling methods (Box 1). Non-drilling techniques The paleoceanographic studies in the framework of the Past4Future project and similar research initiatives studying the late Pleistocene use cores drilled with the JR However, the main body of material is col lected using non-drilling systems deployed from conventional research vessels. The ba sic design of the coring devices consists of one or more steel tubes or boxes attached below a lead weight unit. This set-up is winched to the sea oor and pushed into the sediment to recover a core. Below, we briey review four main types of coring devices. Additional information and technical details on each device are given in Box 1. The simplest design is the gravity corer, consisting of an up to 20-m-long steel tube attached to a lead weight of 1 tons (Fig. 2A). Longer cores can, however, be recov ered with the piston corer (Fig. 2B). Originally invented in 1947 by B. Kullenberg (Swedish Deep Sea Expedition) the piston corer has been further developed during the last few decades and is one of the most used cor ing devices within the marine coring com munity. Attached to the piston corer weight assembly is a trigger arm, which carries a wire with a small weight or a small gravity corer device (trigger corer) extending below the base of the piston corer tube. When the trigger corer penetrates the sea oor to col lect the uppermost sediment sequence, the trigger arm is lifted and the piston corer is released falling freely with its own gravity into the sediment. When contact is made with the sediment surface, a piston, located inside the coring tube, is lifted up at the speed of penetration. Such a design reduces the friction inside the tube and allows for the collection of long cores. The Calypso Figure 1: An example of a PARASOUND-survey at Site SO202-40 on the northern Shatsky Rise (from Gersonde 2012). PARASOUND penetration ranges around 75 m. After selection of a sediment-coring site on a survey transit, the ship returned to the chosen location to recover a piston core. The 5-min-spaced time marks (lower panel) indicate that the ship was positioned at the site shortly after 11:40 am. The piston corer recovered the sediment as indicated by the black bar. After core recovery the ship remained at the site for further sampling. Past 4Future: Behind the Scenes


9 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 piston corer operated from the French R/V (Research Vessel) Marion Dufresne and the US R/V Knorr can recover cores as long as 60 to 70 m, depending on the type of sediments penetrated (for more details see calypso.html and do?pid=19095). Another simpler device is the kasten corer. This coring device also penetrates marine sediments by gravity and consists of long, rectangular boxes with up to 30-cm-edge length (Fig. 2C). Because of the large volume of sediment sampled, this coring technique is benecial for multiproxy paleoceanographic studies. Gersonde (2012) presents a photo gallery with the set-up and handing of the dierent coring devices as well as on-board sampling. Sediment coring is generally accom panied by surface sediment sampling for undisturbed recovery of the sediment/ water interface. This is most often achieved using a multicorer, which samples up to 12 individual cores (up to 50-cm-long; Fig. 2D). Surface sediment samples may also be ob tained using dierent designs of grabs and box corers (Fig. 2E) but generally these do not result in the same quality of sampling as the multicorer. The surface sediment sam pling is of importance for understanding modern sediment deposition and the devel opment of reference data sets for paleocean ographic transfer functions. It also provides material for the reconstruction of the most recent ocean history. Marine sediment core storage National and international sediment core repositories assure long-term maintenance and curation of sediment materials under refrigerated conditions around 4C. Besides IODP core repositories located at College Station (US), Kochi (Japan) and Bremen (Germany), important repositories are at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University), Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Florida State University (Talahassee), Oregon State University (Corvallis), Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany), MARUM (Bremen), and the British Ocean Sediment Core Research Facility. Many countries (e.g. the US, Germany, France, Sweden, South Korea, Russia, Japan) operate research vessels that can deploy longer (more than 10 m) coring systems. The ships are nanced through international and national programs and may stay at sea for as long as 70 days per cruise. Long cruises are especially scheduled to visit remote areas, such as the polar oceans. Depending on the visited ocean basin and the cruise duration, the total recovery may exceed 1000 m of sediment core collected from up to 60 to 70 sites. Drilling cruises with the JR last around 50 to 55 days and may recover more than 8000 m of sediment core during one single cruise. References Freudenthal T, Wefer G (2007) Scientic drilling with the sea oor drill rig MEBO, Scientic Drilling 5, doi: 10.22 04/ Gersonde R (2012) Reports on Polar and Marine Research 643, doi: 10013/ epic.38996 Lancelot et al. (1990) Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Initial Reports 129, doi:10.2973/ Figure 2: A) Deployment of gravity corer from R/V Akademic Joe (photo: A.K. Gunvald). B) A 25 m long piston corer on the deck of R/V Sonne. Other instruments on the deck include a kasten corer weight (in front next to core deployment device), a multicorer (center of deck) and a box corer (stern of deck; photo: B. Diekmann). C) Recovery of a 12-m-long kasten corer on R/V Polarstern (photo: R. Gersonde). D) A multicorer with 12 plastic tubes located below the multicorer weight (photo: M. Winterfeld), E) A box corer (photo: R. Gersonde). Box 1: Comparison of three non-drilling techniques and one drilling technique Gravity Corer Piston Corer Kasten Corer MEBO sea oor drill rig Core diameter 9-12 cm 9-12 cm 0.1 x 0.1 0.3 x 0.3 m 2 7.4-8.4 cm Max. core length up to 20 m up to 60-70 m 10-12 m up to 80 m Total weight 1-5 tons 1-10 tons 3-7 tons ~10 tons Max. water depth Limited by ship wire length Limited by ship wire length Limited by ship wire length 2000 m Advantages Easy and fast handling Long core retrieval Large volume of sediment Drills both soft and hard sediments Deployable in rough sea Core recovered in liner ideal for multi-proxy studies Operates from standard research Core recovered in liner vessels Drawbacks Potential of over-penetration Time consuming/complex Heavy core weight Time consuming/complex (i.e. loss of the top sediment) deployment Needs good sea conditions deployment Possible compression of Needs good sea conditions Liner-less core recovery : Needs good sea conditions sediment and of non-uniform Potential sediment inow on-board sampling of core Core recovery may be recovery of deeper sediment due to piston failure Only works in soft sediment discontinuous in sediment with Only works in soft sediment alternating composition High operation costs Past 4Future: Behind the Scenes


10 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 Insights into paleoclimate modeling EMMA J. STONE 1 P BAKKER 2 S. CHARBIT 3 S.P RITZ 4 AND V. VARMA 5 1 School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK; 2 Earth & Climate Cluster, Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 3 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 4 Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland; 5 Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany We describe climate modeling in a paleoclimatic context by highlighting the types of models used, the logistics involved and the issues that inherently arise from simulating the climate system on long timescales. I n contrast to "data paleoclimatologists" who encounter experimental chal lenges, and challenges linked to archive sampling and working in remote and/or dicult environments (e.g. Gersonde and Seidenkrantz; Steensen; Verheyden and Genty, this issue) we give a perspective on the challenges encountered by the "computer modeling paleoclimatologist". Simulating the physical interactions between atmosphere, ocean, biosphere, and cryosphere to explain climate dy namics is achieved through a large range of computer tools, from simple box mod els to complex three-dimensional (3D) fully coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation models (GCMs) (see Box 1 for some examples). Investigating the climate forcing and feedbacks that occurred during the past requires performing simulations on the order of thousands to tens of thousands of model years and due to computa tional time this is not easily achievable with a GCM. Therefore, compromises are required in terms of model resolution, complexity, number of Earth system com ponents and the timescale of the simula tion. A suite of models referred to as Earth Models of Intermediate Complexity (EMICs) can eectively bridge the gap between computationally intensive GCMs and the box models (Claussen et al. 2002). These EMICs enable one to ef ciently perform large ensembles and multi-millennial simulations whilst still retaining much of the behavior of a higher complexity model (e.g. Menviel et al. 2012; Ritz et al. 2011; Robinson et al. 2011). Although computing advance ments have allowed transient climate experiments to be realized on long tim escales, performing snapshot simulations with EMICs or GCMs is still frequent and useful (see Lunt et al. 2012). Climate modeling by Past4Future Within the Past4Future project numer ous questions are addressed by model ers such as the sensitivity of climate to enhanced freshwater forcing, ice sheet changes and variations in solar and vol canic activity, using a range of EMICs and GCMs. Here, we highlight the imple mentation of multi-millennial transient simulations for the last interglacial pe riod which include changes in astronomi cal and/or greenhouse gas concentra tions (see Stone et al. this issue) using Model Type Components Resolution Time to run 10 ka Main references CLIMBER-2 EMIC At; Oc; Si; Is; Ve 10, 1 level (atm + land) 2.5 x 20 levels (latitude-depth) Ice sheets: 40 km x 40 km ~3 hours Petoukhov et al. (2000); Bonelli et al. (2009) Bern3D EMIC At; Oc; Si; Ve; Cc; Se ~5, 1 level (atm+land) ~5 32 levels (ocn + sea ice) ~2 -12 hours Mller et al. (2006); Ritz et al. (2011) LOVECLIM EMIC At; Oc; Si; Ve ~5.6.6, 3 levels (atm + land) ~3, 20 levels (ocn + sea ice) ~15 days Goosse et al. (2010) FAMOUS Low resol. GCM At; Oc; Si; Ve; Cc 5.0.5, 11 levels (atm + land) 2.5.75, 20 levels (ocn +sea ice) ~2 months Smith (2012); Smith et al. (2008); Williams et al. (2013) CCSM3 GCM At; Oc; Si ; Ve ~3.75.75, 26 levels (atm + land) ~3.6.6, 25 levels (ocn + sea ice) ~4-5 months Collins et al. (2006); Yeager et al. (2006) Box 1: Description of some of the types of climate models used in the Past4Future project. The following components are available in the models: Atmosphere (At), Ocean (Oc), Sea ice (Si), Ice sheet (Is), land surface with dynamic Vegetation (Ve), Carbon cycle (Cc) and marine sediment (Se). The At, Oc and Si components are used in the last interglacial model inter-comparison described in Bakker et al. (2013) but dynamic vegetation is switched o. Note that the models, which have approximate resolutions, use non-regular grids. Past 4Future: Behind the Scenes


11 PAGES news Vol 21 No 1 March 2013 ve climate models of varying degrees of complexity (see Box 1): CLIMBER-2 is a zonally-averaged model that permits basin-wide analysis, Bern3D includes a 3D ocean but a simple 2D atmosphere, LOVECLIM is of higher resolution (see Box 1), includes a low resolution GCM ocean but a simple three-layer dynamical atmo sphere, FAMOUS is a low-resolution ver sion of the UK Meteorological Oce GCM (Gordon et al. 2000), and CCSM3 includes a fully dynamic atmosphere with the ability to be run at dierent resolutions (in this example the lowest resolution is used). Although EMICs allow long time inte grations to be easily realized, they param eterize a large number of processes (e.g. winds are xed in Bern3D). The two GCMs, FAMOUS and CCSM3, have the advantage of including less parameterizations than the EMICs but they take months to run and generate large amounts of data. For instance, EMICs such as CLIMBER-2 and Bern3D have been able to simulate more than 800 ka in a few weeks. This is cur rently not achievable by models such as FAMOUS and CCSM3, which take several months to simulate only 10 ka. Not only should the computational time be considered but also the abil ity to actually run the model code on a computer in terms of the power and the nancial expense involved. Typically, cli mate models are written in numerically ecient computing code (e.g. FORTRAN), which can be implemented on a local desktop computer, as is the case for the EMICs given in Box 1. Otherwise, compu tationally intensive codes are run using high performance computing facilities such as the German HLRN supercomput er (used by CCSM3) or the "BlueCrystal" cluster at the University of Bristol (used by FAMOUS), which has the ability to carry out at least 37 trillion calculations a second (Fig. 1). These supercomputers are inherently expensive to implement, e.g. the BlueCrystal facility initially cost seven million pounds, with ongoing developments, and continuous mainte nance incurring future costs. Maintaining and managing a climate model Most model code is maintained cen trally and in many cases can be down loaded freely by everyone. For example, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science looks after the FAMOUS model code in the United Kingdom and CCSM3 is maintained by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the USA. Modelers from remote locations can sub mit new code but this needs to be peerreviewed before being implemented into the next model version. The EMIC models given in Box 1 com prise tens of thousands of lines of code while the GCMs contain more than half a million lines (see Easterbrook (2009) for details on the UK Meteorological Oce model). Many individuals are involved in ongoing code modication and develop ment, so version control is required to en sure errors are not inadvertently inserted. Good code development is also needed to ensure that any updates include clear and concise comments for users. The technological development of increasing computer power, allowing cli mate researchers to run these multi-mil lennial simulations, large ensembles and GCM experiments, has presented a chal lenge with regard to what data should be written out and how it should be securely stored. The eciency of some models such as CLIMBER-2, Bern3D and to an ex tent LOVECLIM, allows experiments to be repeated if more variables and dierent temporal resolutions (e.g. daily, monthly etc.) are required. This is not easily achiev able with models such as FAMOUS and CCSM3. As such, careful decisions on what output would be useful are needed, not only for answering current research questions but also for long term future analyses, before the experiments are im plemented. The size of the output generated by the models in Box 1 varies greatly for a 10 ka simulation (depending on spa tial and temporal resolution) from ~400 MB to 6 TB. Normally, a sub-set of this data is stored on a storage facility that guarantees longevity and is ideally freely accessible. For example, the PANGAEA database (Data Publisher for Earth and Environmental Science; www.pangaea. de) is not only used for the secure stor age of paleodata but also paleoclimate model results. Closing remarks The choice of a climate model has to be carefully considered in terms of included processes, the required spatial resolution, computational time and cost, the ability to obtain and run the model code and the storage space required for the model data. Although models are an incomplete representation of the Earth System, the advances in model development and computing technology over the last few decades have allowed researchers to con sider more complex physical processes including a better understanding and consideration of the uncertainty in their model predictions (Hargreaves 2010). In the context of paleoclimatology this has greatly improved our understanding of the processes and feedbacks in the cli mate system. Selected references Full reference list online under: Bakker P et al. (2013) Climate of the Past 9: 605-619 Claussen M et al. (2002) Climate Dynamics 18: 579-586 Easterbrook SM (2009) Computing in Science and Engineering 11(6): 65-74 Hargreaves JC (2010) Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 1: 556-564 Robinson A, Calov R, Ganopolski A (2011) Climate of the Past 7: 381-396 Figure 1: The machine room hosting the BlueCrystal supercomputer located in the Advanced Computing Research Centre (, University of Bristol (UK). Photo: Timo Kunkel. Past 4Future: Behind the Scenes


12 Using marine sediment archives to reconstruct past outlet glacier variability CAMILLA S. ANDRESEN 1 F STRANEO 2 M.H. RIBERGAARD 3 A.A. BJRK 4 A. KUIJPERS 1 AND K .H. KJR 4 1 Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Department of Marine Geology and Glaciology, Denmark; 2 Department of Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA; 3 Danish Meteorological Institute, Centre for Ocean and Ice, Denmark; 4 Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum, Denmark Ice-rafted debris in fjord sediment cores provides information about outlet glacier activity beyond the instrumental time period. It tells us that the Helheim Glacier, Greenlands third most productive glacier, responds rapidly to short-term (3 to 10 years) climate changes. S ea-level rise is one of the major socioeconomic concerns associated with global warming, since millions of people live within coastal oodplains that are situ ated less than 1 m above present sea-level. The latest IPCC report suggested a sea-level rise of 0.18 to 0.59 m within the next 100 years (IPCC 2007), but emphasized that the contribution from outlet glaciers is the larg est source of uncertainty. Since then, several studies (see SWIPA 2011 for references) have suggested that the contribution from outlet glaciers could be +1 m or more. The concern about unexpected gla cier dynamical behavior was highlighted when the three largest outlet glaciers in Greenland were observed to suddenly in crease their discharge at the onset of this century. Specically, Jakobshavn Glacier in west Greenland, Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier and Helheim Glacier, both in Southeast Greenland, accelerated, thinned and retreat ed between 2000 and 2005 (Fig. 1A, Rignot & Kanagaratnam 2006; Van den Broeke et al. 2009). In the case of Jakobshavn Glacier, researchers proposed that the acceleration was triggered by a warming of the sub surface ocean currents o West Greenland (Holland et al. 2008) consistent with the mid1990s warming of the North Atlantic sub polar gyre, which feeds the waters o West Greenland via the Irminger Current (Buch et al. 2004; Holliday et al. 2008; Stein 2005). The ocean warming, in turn, was attributed Figure 1: A) Main currents in the North Atlantic Ocean (Straneo et al. 2012) and location of Helheim Glacier (HG), Kangerdlugssuaq Glacier (KG) and Jakobshavn Isbrae (JI), (B) Helheim Glacier and Sermilik Fjord with position of the three cores (yellow dots) taken from water depths 500-600 m (bathymetry from Schjth et al. 2012 and gure from Andresen et al. 2012) and (C) frontal variation in Helheim Glacier margin position from 1933 to 2010 grouped into time frames characterized by similar frontal behavior (from Andresen et al. 2012). to a shift from a positive to a negative North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO; Hurrell 2001) phase and additional changes in the lowpressure systems causing a westerly move ment of the subpolar frontal system (Flatau et al. 2003; Hatun et al. 2005). The westward spreading of the warm subpolar waters con tributed to a warming of the West Greenland continental shelf and an increase in the rate of submarine melting of the glacier front, thereby increasing iceberg calving rates and mass loss (Rignot et al. 2010). This hypothesis of glacier melting caused partly by warm subsurface water penetration into the glacial ords has also been suggested to explain the acceleration of outlet glaciers in Southeast Greenland (Christoersen et al. 2011; Murray et al. 2010; Nick et al. 2009; Straneo et al. 2010). For ex ample, Sermilik Fjord, where the Helheim Glacier terminates, is characterized by a thick layer of ~4C warm Atlantic water of Irminger Current origin, underlying cold Polar water of glacial and Arctic origin (Fig. 1A; Straneo et al. 2010). However, as ord water proper ties have only been monitored here since 2008, it has proven dicult to conrm such a causal relationship between oceanographic and glacier variability. Furthermore, relative ly rapid mass changes of the Greenland ice sheet have only been estimated from satel lite data since the early 1990s. Thus, a com prehensive understanding of the inter-an nual to decadal variability of the ice sheet on longer timescales is lacking. Without longer records it is dicult to evaluate if the recent mass loss is an outstanding event or is part of a recurring phenomenon acting on interannual, decadal or centennial timescales, or a combination of both. Reconstruction of Helheim Glacier calving variability The link between climatic changes and out let glacier variability was recently investi gated in a study of past changes of Helheim Glacier going back 120 years, analyzing three marine sediment cores retrieved in Sermilik Fjord (Fig. 1B; Andresen et al. 2012). We reconstructed the calving variability based on the assumption that changes in the deposition of sand (ice-rafted debris) directly relate to changes in iceberg rafting from calving activity. The resulting record documents a series of calving events lasting 3 to 10 years (Fig. 2A). The use of the sand deposition as a recorder of the calving his tory of Helheim Glacier is supported by the agreement between the reconstructed calv ing changes and the changes in frontal po sition of the Helheim Glacier since 1933 as observed from satellite data and historical aerial photographs (Fig. 1C, Fig. 2A-B). Exploring a link with climate Increased air and ocean temperatures (both surface Polar water and subsurface Atlantic water) may increase glacier calving through


13 a number of processes involving destabi lization of the glacier margin (Motyka et al. 2011). Examples of such processes are ocean water undercutting and melting the submerged glacier margin, surface glacial melt water penetrating down the ice sheet, forming crevasses and promoting iceberg formation, or destabilization of the dense ice mlange (mixture) of icebergs and sea ice in front of the glacier margin (Amundson et al. 2010; Vieli and Nick 2011). To investigate po tential links between climate variability and Helheim Glacier instability we compared the calving history with records of nearby oce anic and atmospheric variability (Fig. 2). Air temperature variability was taken from the observed summer temperatures at Tasiilaq (Fig. 2C). No long-term ocean measure ments are available from Sermilik Fjord or the nearby shelf. Therfore, we used several indirect indicators for subsurface Atlantic water and surface Polar water: (1) Direct measurements of sea surface temperature (SST) from south of Iceland, where Atlantic water extends to the surface while owing towards southeast Greenland and sliding underneath the East Greenland Current, were used as a measure of Atlantic water variability (Fig. 2D). (2) Changes in the Storis Index related to the amount of sea ice in the East Greenland Current, were used as a measure of Polar water variability (Fig. 2E). (3) Atlantic water and Polar water variability were combined into a so-called Shelf Index (Fig. 2F) assuming that the variability of wa ters on the shelf mostly reects changes in the relative volume of these water masses: a positive Shelf Index indicates a thicker and warmer Atlantic water (at the expense of Polar water) and vice versa. Finally, we compared the calving record with the wintertime NAO Index, which rep resents the dominant mode of atmospheric climatic variability in the North Atlantic re gion (Fig. 2G). Rapid glacier response to climatic changes We nd that the calving variations are linked with synchronous changes in the source of Atlantic water and with local summer air temperature at multi-decadal times cales. Both these climate parameters re ect the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (Schlesinger and Ramankutty 1994) in this region. Therefore, we were unable to sepa rate their respective impacts on the Helheim Glacier variability. At sub-decadal timescales (3 to 10 years), calving peaks correlated with shortterm episodes of positive Shelf index and negative NAO index. As previously men tioned a negative NAO phase is often as sociated with a warm subpolar gyre and increased penetration of Atlantic water on the shelf (Holland et al. 2008), but local wind and air temperatures as well as variability in both the Polar water and Atlantic water source regions also often co-vary with the NAO index on these timescales (Dickson et al. 2000). The most important nding from this study is that the increase in calving activity ob served at Helheim Glacier during the period 2000 to 2005 is only matched in magnitude by a calving event in the late 1930s (Fig. 2). These two episodes are distinct from other calving episodes in our record. This is be cause they are the only two events that oc cur during a time interval characterized by the coincidence of a positive (warm) AMO phase, exceptional (for the investigated time period) high summer temperatures, and low Polar water export. The NAO Index was also frequently negative in the late 1930s, though not markedly more negative than during many of the other calving episodes. Summary Our study of three sediment cores from the Sermilik Fjord shows that Helheim Glacier responds to changes in large-scale atmo spheric and oceanic conditions on times cales as short as a few years. The magnitude of the increase in calving activity observed at Helheim Glacier from 2000 to 2005 is only comparable to a calving episode that oc curred in the late 1930s. A comprehensive understanding of the timescales involved in glacier changes and of the inuence of oceans and atmospheric variability is impor tant, if we are to make reliable predictions of future glacier changes and associated sealevel rise in a warming world. Acknowledgements This study has been nancially supported by Geocenter Denmark and the SEDIMICE project, the Danish Council for Independent Research Nature and Universe (Grant no. 09-064954/FNU), the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation as a part of the Greenland Climate Research Centre and NSF ARC 0909373. The reconstructed Helheim glacier calving record can be downloaded from the Pangaea database. Selected references Full reference list online under: Andresen CS et al. (2012) Nature Geoscience 5: 37-41 Buch E, Pedersen SA and Ribergaard MH (2004) Journal of Northwest Atlantic Fishery Science 34: 13-28 Holland D et al. (2008) Nature Geoscience 1: 659-664 Schmith T and Hansen C (2003) Journal of Climate 16: 2782-2791 Straneo F et al. (2010) Nature Geoscience 3: 182-186 Figure 2: Comparison between the calving record and climate indices for Helheim Glacier (note the lack of some climate data during the 2 nd World War). A) Reconstructed calving record of Helheim Glacier from the three sediment cores (Thick lines are 3-year running mean data and thin lines are unltered data), (B) Helheim Glacier margin positions indicated relative to the 1993 position according to aerial and satellite images (color coding as in Fig.1C), (C) summer T air from Cappelen (1995), (D) SST south of Iceland (Andresen et al. 2012), (E) Storis Index (northernmost multi-year sea ice extent observed o southwest Greenland) from Schmith and Hansen (2003) and updated for 2000-2007 in Andresen et al. (2012), (F) Shelf Index (Andresen et al. 2012) and (G) NAO data from nao. (Note AW =Atlantic Water and PW= Polar Water). Figure modied from Andresen et al. (2012).


14 Using data assimilation to estimate the consistency between climate proxies and climate model results AURLIEN MAIRESSE AND HUGUES GOOSSE Georges Lematre Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Earth and Life Institute, Universit catholique de Louvain, Belgium; The data assimilation technique applied to paleoclimate studies is a promising method to highlight the compatibility or the incompatibility between (1) dierent climate proxies and (2) between climatic information inferred from the proxies and the physics of the climate system represented in models. T he combination of several climate proxies and/or the results from cli mate models enables us to reconstruct and understand past climate changes. When data and models are used to gether, the information inferred from the proxies often serves to validate the climate model results while the mod els allow exploration of the physical processes responsible for the recorded climatic changes. During the past de cade, a new statistical tool called data assimilation has been used in paleocli matology (Widmann et al. 2010). This tool allows us to build a reconstruction of past climate change which is both consistent with the climate computed by a model and that deduced from proxies. First, we describe how this tool works when it is applied to the paleo climate research field. Second, we de scribe a particular application of data assimilation, which can help to eluci date if the hypotheses proposed to ex plain proxy variations are compatible with the physics of a climate model. This is outlined with a mid-Holocene case study. How does data assimilation work? Data assimilation combines the physi cal laws included in a climate model with the climate information inferred from proxies to produce paleoclimatic reconstructions consistent with both. In our method, this is achieved using a procedure based on a particle filter with resampling (Dubinkina et al. 2011; see Fig. 1 from van Leeuwen 2009 for a graphical representation) applied to the three-dimensional Earth model of intermediate complexity, LOVECLIM (Goosse et al. 2010). An ensemble of ~100 simulations, also referred to as particles or ensem ble members, is initiated in parallel. At the beginning of this procedure, all of the particles are identical apart from slightly different initial conditions. Due to the chaotic nature of the cli matic system each particle will evolve in a different way. After the first as similation step (which is one year here but it can be any value greater than or equal to the model time resolution) the likelihood of each member of the ensemble is evaluated in order to de termine how close the climate state of each particle is compared with the cli mate inferred from the proxy data. For each variable (e.g. surface air tempera ture and sea surface temperature; SST) the likelihood is a function of the dif ference between the values estimated from the proxy records and the values calculated by the climate model. This function is computed for all the loca tions and months for which paleodata is available. The particles that have the largest likelihood are retained (i.e. the particles whose climate states are the closest to the past climate recon structed from the proxies). The other ensemble members are rejected. The remaining particles are resampled in order to keep a constant number of particles (i.e. ~100 in this example) and avoid a degenerative issue. We add a small perturbation to the members that have been sampled more than once for the next year of assimilation. The whole procedure is continually re peated until the final year of calcula tion (i.e. if we perform a 200-year sim ulation the procedure is repeated 200 times in this example). The final climate reconstruction obtained by this method is consistent with the LOVECLIM physics, since the LOVECLIM climate model itself is used in the assimilation process. The recon struction is also as consistent as pos sible with the climate derived from the proxy data. This is because the method only selects LOVECLIM results that are most compatible with the information inferred from all the climate proxies, for each time step of the simulated time period. Our method has produced a re construction of surface temperature changes over the past millennium (e.g. Goosse et al. 2006, 2012). The data as similation in those studies performed well since the LOVECLIM results were efficiently constrained to be close to the surface temperature signal record ed by continental data and, therefore, provided a consistent picture of the climate system during these particular time periods. Recently, we have ap plied this data assimilation method to the mid-Holocene climate. Data assimilation applied to the mid-Holocene A large number of surface air and SST reconstructions are available for the Holocene. A selection from more than 300 published records was performed with the following criteria: (1) each re cord must come from archives located between 20N and 90N and (2) each record must have a mean temporal resolution of at least 250 years for the period of interest (6.5 to 5.5 ka BP). In accordance with these two prin ciples and restricting selection to only publicly available data, we selected 47 records of surface air temperature and SST for the mid-Holocene. The result ing dataset is heterogeneous for the following reasons: (1) this climatic in formation was inferred from climate proxies preserved in marine, continen tal, and ice archives (Fig. 1), (2) for a given archive, different proxies have been used to infer the same type of in formation (e.g. SST reconstructions in marine cores based on alkenones, Mg/ Ca ratio etc., Fig. 1) and (3) the proxies have been measured and interpreted in term of climate variations by differ ent research groups.


15 We have performed the first mid-Holo cene data assimilation with the select ed dataset and the LOVECLIM model. For this 200-year snapshot experiment, the constraint provided by data as similation is weak and the disagree ment between the climate proxies and model results based on this data assimilation method is still large. For all the locations and the months for which proxy information is available, the LOVECLIM results with data assimi lation are on average only 10% closer to the climate signal extracted from the proxies than with the LOVECLIM results produced without data assimi lation. In other words, because of the heterogeneous nature of the proxy da taset, the simulations with data assimi lation mainly highlight incompatibili ties between the proxies and with the model physics rather than producing a shift of the model state that results in a better agreement with the proxybased climatic reconstructions. Incompatibilities between proxy and model First, some variations observed in the climate reconstructions inferred from the proxies cannot be explained by LOVECLIM because they are related to phenomena occurring at a scale smaller than the model grid resolu tion. For example, this is the case with some SST reconstructions from marine cores retrieved in coastal margins such as the Tagus Estuary (Portugal) where Holocene SST variations are partly influenced by the Tagus River input (Rodrigues et al. 2009). Such a regional influence in this area is not represent ed in the LOVECLIM model. Second, incompatibilities exist be tween reconstructions based on differ ent types of proxies (see Fig. 1). Future work will aim at identifying these in consistencies by performing addition al experiments with data assimilation. We will run several ensemble simula tions, each constrained by climate re cords from only one type of proxy at a time (e.g. pollens). Each set of simula tions will enable the identification of the processes that could explain the recorded signal used according to the climate model physics. Subsequently, it will be also possible to analyze the results of these experiments at loca tions where other proxies, not select ed to drive this set of simulations, are available. For instance, we will com pare the results from an assimilation which includes only pollen data, with SSTs inferred from alkenones. This comparison could aid in deciphering whether the SST signal deduced from alkenones should be interpreted as an annual or a summer signal to improve the compatibility between the pol len and the alkenone-based climate records, according to the LOVECLIM physics. This procedure may lead to a tentative revised interpretation of the climate proxy. Even if this proves too challenging, the uncertainty in model-data comparison associated with incompatibilities between proxybased reconstructions could at least be estimated. Outlook We highlight the potential use of the data assimilation method for paleo climate studies. This method enables us to assess compatibilities and/or incompatibilities between different climate proxy records for the mid-Ho locene time interval. In the future, we could use data assimilation to suggest a revised interpretation of the proxies in order to have a better consistency between different climate proxies and enable more accurate model-data comparisons. Selected references Full reference list online under: Dubinkina S et al. (2011) International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos 21: 3611-3618 Goosse H et al. (2006) Climate Dynamics 27(2): 165-184 Goosse H et al. (2010) Geoscientic Model Development 3(2): 603-633 Goosse H et al. (2012) Global and Planetary Change 84-85: 35-47 van Leeuwen PJ (2009) Monthly Weather Review 137(12): 4089-4114 Figure 1: Inferred mid-Holocene surface temperature anomalies (C) compared to a reference period (1000 to 1500 AD). Where there is more than one proxy record at the same location, the markers representing the proxies are slightly shifted for improved readability.


16 Increasing re activity in a warming climate? Ice core record insights from the present and the last interglacials NATALIE KEHRWALD 1 P ZENNARO 1,2 AND C. BARB ANTE 1,2 1 Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics, University of Venice, Italy; 2 Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Venice, Italy Fire impacts climate by changing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, vegetation distributions, and surface albedo. We present a biomarker, levoglucosan, to reconstruct past re activity from ice cores. This tracer allows us to investigate re and climate interactions over glacial-interglacial cycles. T he devastating Waldo Canyon re (North America) forced the evacuation of ap proximately 30,000 people from their homes in Colorado Springs during June 2012 (Fig. 1). The massive wildres and associated heat wave that swept across Russia in 2010 were re sponsible for the deaths of over 55,000 people (Barriopedro et al. 2011), caused 15 billion US dollars in damages and were the result of both natural and anthropogenic climate change (Otto et al. 2012). This destruction demon strates the importance of understanding the prospect of increased re activity in a chang ing climate. Interactions between climate and re activity The relative impact of climate change (includ ing increased deadwood availability due to bark beetle infestations) and human activity on res (including forest management and housing expansion) can dier between in dividual res. Droughts tend to increase re activity, provided that there is sucient mate rial to burn. Increased precipitation may also cause more vegetation growth and increase the area susceptible to burning as long as the precipitation remains low enough that it does not suppress res. Regional re activity, therefore, depends on a number of variables including temperature, fuel availability, and precipitation, but generally increasing global temperatures enhance global re activity (Daniau et al. 2010; Power et al. 2008). Fires in turn, inuence climate by emit ting greenhouse gases and aerosols into the atmosphere, and by aecting carbon seques tration in vegetation and soils. Deforestation res alone have caused ~19% of the anthro pogenic warming since preindustrial times (Bowman et al. 2009). Currently, total biomass burning releases up to 50% as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as does fossil fuel combustion (Bowman et al. 2009). The impact of biomass burning emissions on the global radiation balance and the carbon cycle, however, remains one of the least understood aspects of the climate system. It is essential to determine the inter actions between climate and re activ ity through time in order to establish if hu mans are increasing susceptibility to re in a warming climate. The last interglacial period (LIG, ~130-116 ka BP), represents a climate analogous to the present but without the im pact of human activity. Ice core records from the LIG and present interglacial contain con temporaneous climate and re proxies that allow a detailed assessment of re activity in warming climates with and without anthro pogenic inuences. Fire and climate records in ice cores Researchers have developed many re prox ies in ice cores during the past decade. Tracers for biomass burning in ice cores with atmo spheric residence times ranging from days to weeks include black carbon, particulate organic carbon, monosaccharide anhydrides, organic acids, diacids (oxalate, formate), major ions (ammonium and potassium), isotopes of carbon monoxide and methane, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and charcoal. In gen eral, the shorter residence time tracers provide more regional records, while the longer resi dence time tracers can provide hemispheric to global records of biomass burning. Here, we discuss using monosaccharide anhydrides as re tracers and their applicability to the pres ent and past interglacials. Biomass burning injects monosaccha ride anhydrides such as levoglucosan into the ne particle phase of smoke plumes. Levoglucosan is a specic tracer of re activ ity as it is only derived from cellulose burn ing at temperatures greater than 300C (Schkolnik and Rudich 2006; Simoneit 2002). Levoglucosan is injected into and travels through the atmosphere in smoke plumes be fore returning to the surface through wet and dry deposition (Fraser and Lakshmanan 2000; Stohl et al. 2007). We trace levoglucosan from a forest re source to its deposition on glacier surfaces where it is preserved and does not appear to decompose in snow and rn layers (Fig. 2A; Kehrwald et al. 2012). Levoglucosan is unequivocally a cellulose degradation prod uct (Simoneit 2002), while other biomass burning tracers archived in snow and ice cores may have multiple sources. We investigated samples from a snow pit at the Summit camp in Greenland and com bine levoglucosan records with other biomass burning proxy records to provide an analysis of past re activity from 1987 to 1995 (Fig. 2B-C). We demonstrate that combining levo glucosan concentrations with other biomass burning proxies helps determine the rela tive contribution of re versus other sources to total deposition. This is illustrated by an event that occurred between spring 1994 and spring 1995: The oxalate and levoglucosan peaks repli cate the same known Canadian re event (Fig. 2C). Although oxalate is a product of forest re emissions (Legrand and DeAngelis 1996) it may also originate from vehicle emissions (Kawamura and Kaplan 1987). Ammonium concentrations in the snow pit also peak during the re event, but the Figure 1: Waldo Canyon re in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA ( June 27, 2012). Photo: Erica Rewey.


17 increased concentrations are distributed across a relatively wide depth range (Fig. 2B). Elevated concentrations of ammonium (Stohl et al. 2007) may reect past res, but atmospheric ammonium may also result from lightning, marine sources, soil processes, or agricultural activity (Hristov et al. 2011; Olivier et al. 2006). While potassium concentrations have been identied as a past re activity proxy (Echalar et al. 1995) they do not reproduce the oxalate and levoglucosan peaks in our record (Fig. 2B). Potassium can be transported to glacier sur faces through sea salts and mineral aerosols (Laj et al. 1997). The diering transport paths and sources of levoglucosan and potassium are reected in the snow pit concentrations. As a result, if the re reconstruction from this snow pit were assessed solely from potassium concentrations, they would miss an important re event. The research team at the University of Venice has created high-resolution Holocene levoglucosan records from the NEEM and EPICA Dome C (EDC) ice cores and a late Holocene levoglucosan record from Kilimanjaro ice cores. This combination creates a pole-equator-pole transect of Holocene re records. The Kilimanjaro ice elds are located near the largest savanna system in the world. Savanna and similar grassland res produce the highest levoglucosan emission factors of various tested vegetation types (Engling et al. 2006) and Kilimanjaro may serve as reference site for high levoglucosan concentrations. NEEM and EDC are located farther away from levoglucosan sources than Kilimanjaro, but both of these polar locations archive a levo glucosan ux above the detection limit. Late Holocene NEEM levoglucosan concentrations correlate with synthesized charcoal records above 55N, demonstrating the viability of us ing levoglucosan concentrations in ice cores as a biomass burning tracer over centennial to millennial timescales. This correlation be tween sedimentary charcoal and ice core records allows researchers to reconstruct re histories over larger spatial scales. The research team is currently determin ing LIG levoglucosan concentrations from NEEM and EDC ice cores to compare with the Holocene records. Initial tests are encouraging and demonstrate that the LIG ice contains de tectable levoglucosan concentrations. Outlook Human activities including slash-and-burn farming, forest res caused by human ignition, and wildre suppression alter global re ac tivity. Anthropogenic activity also increases greenhouse gas concentrations, resulting in warming temperatures and possibly in creased wildres. Paleorecords demonstrate that global re activity is higher during inter glacials than during glacial periods in a purely natural system (Daniau et al. 2010). Imminent measurements of LIG levoglucosan concen trations will provide unique constraints on past re activity in a warming climate with im plications for re activity in the current climate. Acknowledgements The research leading to these results has received funding under grant agreement no 267696, (ERC-2010-AdG_20100224) EARLYhumanIMPACT. How long have humans been impacting the climate system? Selected references Full reference list online under: Bowman DMJS et al. (2009) Science 324: 481-484 Engling G et al. (2006) Atmospheric Environment 40: 299-311 Kehrwald N et al. (2012) Tellus B 64, doi: tellusb.v64i0.18196 Schkolnik G, Rudich Y (2006) Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 385: 26-33 Simoneit BRT (2002) Applied Geochemistry 17: 129-162 Figure 2: A) Atmospheric transport of smoke plumes from the western Hudson Bay forest re source to the study site (AGL = above ground level). B) Multiple years of re markers (ammonium, potassium, and oxalate) determined from a 6-m deep snow pit at Summit, Greenland. Note that the sodium concentration record, also shown, is one of the main tools to date the snow pit (peaks in sodium denote spring accumulation). C) Comparison between oxalate and levoglucosan as biomass burning tracers in the upper section of the snow pit. The black arrows on (B) and (C) point to the same known Canadian re event. Figure modied from Kehrwald et al. (2012).


18 Antarctic interglacial climate variability and implications for changes in ice sheet topography VALRIE MASSON-DELMOTTE 1 E CAPRON 2 H. GOOSSE 3 K POL 2 M. SIDD ALL 4 L. SIME 2 S. BRADLEY 4 AND B. STENNI 5 1 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de lEnvironnement, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 2 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 3 Georges Lematre Centre for Earth and Climate Research, Earth and Life Institute, Universit catholique de Louvain, Belgium; 4 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK; 5 Department of Geological, Environmental and Marine Sciences, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy New studies focusing on Antarctic climate variability during the current and earlier interglacial periods highlight the interplay between long-term climatic changes and climate variability in Antarctica, and enable the ngerprint of past changes in ice sheet topography to be investigated. N ew findings have arisen in the framework of two ongoing European projects that aim at docu menting and understanding past Antarctic climate variability. The ESF HOLOCLIP project focuses on Antarctic and marine records of the Holocene (~15-0 ka BP), while the Past4Future project aims at, among other things, improved spatial and temporal cover age of the last interglacial (LIG; ~129118 ka BP) in water stable isotopes from Antarctic ice cores. By combining both data and model results obtained during two intergla cial periods, characterized by different orbital configuration and over a large range of timescales (from multi-decadal to orbital), we show how these stud ies contribute to assessing the mecha nisms responsible for Antarctic climate variability, and how they inform on the fingerprint of changes in ice sheet to pography. The last millennium A good estimate of the magnitude and patterns of Antarctic temperature at a multi-decadal to centennial timescale during the last millennium is essential to understand the response of Antarctic climate to external forcings, and for assessing the ability of climate mod els to resolve the mechanisms at play (Goosse et al. 2012). Within HOLOCLIP, a composite of Antarctic temperature has been calculated by averaging tem perature anomalies derived from seven ice core records (Fig. 1A). This simple method is supported by the coher ency displayed between the average of the climate model results at the cor responding grid points, and the simu lated average Antarctic temperature. Models and data rule out large (>0.5C) preindustrial temperature variations during the last millennium, and show ~0.5C warming since 1850 AD. Climate model simulations mainly attribute the multi-centennial cooling trend depicted from 1000 to 1850 AD to volcanic forc ing for annual mean temperature, while orbital forcing controls seasonal trends. Ongoing work aims at improving the documentation of Holocene climate and sea ice variability by combining ice core water stable isotope (Fig. 1B) and aero sol records with information from deepsea sediments and coastal records. Interglacial climate: mean state and variability Antarctic ice core records provide in sight to a diversity of interglacial peri ods, characterized by different dura tions, intensities, and trends (Jouzel et al. 2007; Uemura et al. 2012). Within the Past4Future project, new high-res olution water stable isotope measure ments have been performed in order to assess past changes in high-resolution variability. In central Antarctica, depo sition and post-deposition processes Figure 1: Antarctic records of the present interglacial and the last interglacial periods. This panel shows temperature estimates simply based on the spatial isotope-temperature gradient (0.8 18 O per C) using (A) a stack of seven ice cores for the last millennium and using individual ice cores (Vostok, VK; Dome F, DF; EPICA Dronning Maud Land, EDML; EPICA Dome C, EDC; Talos Dome, TALDICE) and the mean signal extracted using the rst principal component (EOF1) for (B) the present interglacial and (C) the LIG. Modeling studies have suggested that past changes in isotope-temperature relationships could lead to larger temperature changes than depicted here (e.g. Sime et al. 2009).


19 such as precipitation intermittency and wind scouring limit the relevant tempo ral resolution to approximately 20 years. So far, a 45-year resolution has been achieved for Marine Isotopic Stage (MIS) 11 (~400 ka, Pol et al. 2011) chosen as an exceptionally long interglacial, and a 20-year resolution for the LIG (Pol et al. unpublished data), chosen as an excep tionally warm period. In Antarctica, MIS 11 is marked by a multi-millennial-long increasing trend, which then decreases. High-resolution deuterium measurements have re vealed increased sub-millennial climatic variability in the decreasing tempera ture phase. During the LIG (Fig. 1C), Antarctic temperature exhibits an early maximum, which corresponds to a bi polar seesaw with respect to Northern Hemisphere climate (Masson-Delmotte et al. 2010). It is followed by a multi-mil lennial scale plateau, then by a cooling into the glacial inception, punctuated by the onset of glacial millennial cli matic variability, established at around 110 ka BP (Capron et al. 2012). Our un published high-resolution deuterium data point to minimum variance dur ing the LIG "plateau", above Holocene levels and an increasing sub-millennial climatic variability at the end of the in terglacial phase, as observed for MIS 11. Tracking changes in the Antarctic ice sheet topography Further investigation of the Antarctic climate during the LIG was achieved by comparing the records available from six East Antarctic ice cores with their Holocene data. In addition to the com mon features previously described and well captured in the EPICA Dome C ice core, the same regional differences are depicted during the current and LIG pe riods. Some earlier studies have shown that these differences can be attributed to precipitation intermittency (e.g. Sime et al. 2009). However, an alternative in terpretation lies in different elevation histories due to the interplay between local ice thickness and isostatic adjust ment. The cause for peak Antarctic warmth during the LIG remains dis puted. Astronomical forcing alone does not allow climate models to produce warmer than present day Antarctic tem peratures. Therefore, other hypotheses such as the bipolar seesaw linked with large-scale ocean circulation perhaps along with the climate impacts of a col lapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet (Holden et al. 2008), could explain the early Antarctic optimum. Recent stud ies have stressed that the Greenland ice sheet may have made only a limited contribution (about +2 m of equivalent sea level) to the LIG highstand, pointing to a significant contribution of the West and/or East Antarctic ice sheets to the estimated 6-to-10-m high stand (NEEM community members 2013; Dahl-Jensen et al. this issue). At the intersection of Past4Future Work Packages focused on interglacial climate variability and ice sheet dynam ics (e.g. Siddall et al. this issue), differ ent Past4Future partners have started to explore if a fingerprint of past changes in the Antarctic ice loading could be de tected as an elevation-driven tempera ture trend preserved in East Antarctic ice cores. A treasure map was produced, identifying potential drilling sites where a clear fingerprint of a West Antarctic ice sheet collapse could be identified (Bradley et al. 2012). These sites, unfor tunately, do not coincide with existing ice core records (Fig. 2A). The same ap proach proved more successful for the Wilkes-Aurora Basin sector of the East Antarctic ice sheet, and preliminary re sults (Bradley et al. 2013), assuming a homogeneous climate history, suggest that differences between the coastal TALDICE and central EPICA Dome C water isotopic records may provide in formation on changes in East Antarctic ice sheet topography (Fig. 2B). This brief overview of recent studies, dedicated to the variability of Antarctic climate dur ing the current and earlier interglacial periods, shows new findings regarding both the interplay between mean cli mate state and polar climate variability at shorter time scales and new implica tions for climate ice sheet evolution. Outlook New information from Antarctic ice cores is needed to further assess the spatial coherency of interglacial cli mate variability and the relationships between climate and the water cycle, including all water stable isotopes. The use of ice core information alongside ice sheet and climate modeling (including water isotopes) has the potential to test model capabilities and help us reduce uncertainty about the response of the Antarctic ice sheet to warmer than pres ent climate conditions. Selected references Full reference list online under: Bradley SL et al. (2012) Global and Planetary Change 88-89: 64-75 Bradley SL et al. (2013) Global and Planetary Change 100: 278-290 Capron E et al. (2012) Geophysical Research Letters 39(15), doi: 10.1029/2012GL052656 Goosse H et al. (2012) Quaternary Science Reviews 55: 75-90 Pol K et al. (2011) Climate of the Past 7(2): 437-450 Figure 2: Simulated impacts of changes in Antarctic ice thickness and isostatic adjustment. Circles indicate ice core sites (Vostok, VK; Dome F, DF; EPICA Dronning Maud Land, EDML; EPICA Dome C, EDC; Talos Dome, TALDICE; Taylor Dome, TD) and the solid black lines highlight the location of the edge of each ice sheet model used. A) Predicted stable isotope trends ( kyr -1 ) driven by surface elevation changes only (not accounting for climatic impacts) resulting from a collapse of the WAIS (from 130 to 118 ka BP). Note that the dark red and orange colors represent kyr -1 values greater than the maximum (20) and minimum (-4) on the scale bar, respectively. B) Dif ference in the predicted stable isotope trends ( kyr -1 ) between a reference LIG Antarctic ice sheet model (Bradley et al. 2012) and a model (Bradley et al. 2013) where a signicant retreat of marine-based ice in the Wilkes and Aurora basins of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet (from 126 to 118 ka BP) has been simulated. Modied from Bradley et al. (2012) and Bradley et al. (2013).


20 Land biosphere dynamics during the present and the last interglacials TIM BRCHER AND VIC TOR BRO VKIN Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany; Snapshot simulations are obtained for the preindustrial, the mid-Holocene and the last interglacial time periods characterized by dierent atmospheric CO 2 concentrations and orbital forcing. We evaluate the natural variability of vegetation cover, land carbon storage, and re activity using a coupled climate-carbon cycle model. D uring the last eight glacial-interglacial cycles, atmospheric CO 2 concentra tion has uctuated between glacial levels of about 180 ppm and interglacial levels of up to about 300 ppm. These CO 2 concentra tion changes appear to be closely linked to Antarctic surface temperature as inferred from ice cores (e.g. Luethi et al. 2008). Several physical and biogeochemical mech anisms responsible for this link have been identied, including changes in sea surface temperatures and deep water formation, marine productivity, CaCO 3 accumulation, terrestrial productivity, and weathering. Quantication of their relative roles is under active investigation (e.g. Brovkin et al. 2012). Recently, focus in the paleo-carbon research community has shifted towards the link between surface temperature and CO 2 con centration during warm periods, including Quaternary interglacial periods. Over the penultimate deglaciation, CO 2 con centration rapidly increased from 180 ppm to 290 ppm at 128 ka BP, and then stabilized between 270 and 280 ppm for more than 10 ka (Lourantou et al. 2010) over the last in terglacial (LIG). At the onset of the Holocene (ca. 12 ka BP), CO 2 concentration was about 265 ppm and reached a minimum of 260 ppm by 7 ka BP. Thereafter, CO 2 concentra tion steadily increased by 20 ppm to the pre industrial level of 280 ppm (Elsig et al. 2009). To date it is unclear what mechanisms drive atmospheric CO 2 concentration trends during interglacial periods. While the major ity of climate-carbon cycle model simula tions (e.g. Elsig et al. 2009; Joos et al. 2004; Kleinen et al. 2010; Menviel and Joos 2012; Ridgwell et al. 2003) agree that the ocean was the main source of carbon entering the atmosphere, the impact of land carbon changes on atmospheric CO 2 concentration is less clear. To understand the role of the land biosphere on atmospheric CO 2 concen tration changes during the present and the last interglacials, we have used the new cli mate-carbon cycle model CLIMBER-JSBACH, which is the asynchronously coupled Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity CLIMBER-2 (Ganopolski et al. 2001) and the land component JSBACH of the Max-Planck Earth System Model described by Raddatz et al. (2007). The models are coupled as follows: After one year of climate-ocean simulation by CLIMBER-2 the atmospheric CO 2 concen tration, and anomalies of monthly precipita tion, temperature, and radiation elds are fed to the land component JSBACH. Given these boundary conditions, JSBACH simu lates the new carbon allocation and calcu lates the carbon ux to the atmosphere, which is fed back to the climate model for the next year of simulation. This model setup Figure 1: Modeled vegetation and land carbon storage (kg m -2 ) for preindustrial climate: 0 ka BP ( A, D, G) mid-Holocene: 8 ka BP ( B, E, H) and the LIG: 126 ka BP (C, F, I) Shown are absolute values for preindustrial climate and interglacial anomalies for tree cover fraction (left), desert fraction (middle), and the total land carbon storage (GtC; right).


21 that the biomass carbon is approximately 5 Gt higher than the carbon stored during the LIG. The role of re activity in warmer climates A simple windthrow (uprooting and break ing of trees due to wind) and re scheme are implemented to simulate vegetation disturbances within JSBACH, which both aect the carbon cycle. For preindustrial climate conditions, the model simulates about 4 6 km 2 burned area each year with hotspots in Africa, Australia, and Southwest America (Fig. 2A). Mid-Holocene and LIG burned area anomalies show higher re ac tivity over the Sahel and the Tibetan plateau (Fig. 2B-C). Globally, however, the total midHolocene burned area is similar to that of the preindustrial, whereas the total burned area fraction is 0.5 6 km 2 yr -1 higher under LIG conditions. Nevertheless, an elevated (280 ppm) atmospheric CO 2 mid-Holocene simulation (not shown) results in a burned area similar to the LIG. This increase in total burned area fraction compared with the standard mid-Holocene simulation can be attributed to increased fuel availability (i.e. tree growth) leading to higher re activity. The carbon emissions associated with re activity are 2.5 Gt yr -1 for preindustrial conditions. In comparison, the carbon emis sions associated with re activity in the LIG simulation are 10% higher and there is a 25% increase in burned area extent, as the carbon stored in biomass is reduced (not shown). As for the mid-Holocene simula tion, there is a decrease of 7% compared with the preindustrial conditions despite similar burned areas. Since charcoal-based reconstructions (Power et al. 2008) show an opposite trend during the Holocene with in creasing re intensity since the Last Glacial Maximum, it should be noted that the model setup does not account for land use changes and the simulations do not include the large increase in re activity observed during the last century when calculating the burned area extent. Furthermore, the recon structions are based on data from individual locations and do not necessarily correspond to the 2D elds from the model. Summary We performed time slice experiments under preindustrial, mid-Holocene, and LIG condi tions to analyze the changes in vegetation distribution, carbon storage on land, and disturbance processes under perturbed climate forcings. The impacts from secondorder processes, such as natural re activity on carbon emissions, are found to be of the same magnitude (2.5 Gt yr -1 ) as the simu lated anomaly in the total land carbon stor age between LIG and preindustrial climate (3 Gt yr -1 ). A recent study, also with JSBACH, showed that during the last 6000 years the boreal wetland CH 4 emissions increased by 2 Tg yr -1 (Schuldt et al. 2012). This highlights the importance of including these addition al processes in models. Using a model setup such as CLIMBER-JSBACH makes it possible to resolve heterogeneous and subscale pro cesses within the biosphere and still be able to perform climate simulations on long time scales. As part of the Past4Future framework, research groups have also performed tran sient past interglacial simulations to un derstand the underlying dynamics behind carbon storage with results compared to available paleodata. Furthermore, we are in vestigating the impact of dierent land use scenarios during the Holocene, with the aim of providing an uncertainty range in terms of human impact on Holocene climate and CO 2 dynamics. Selected references Full reference list online under: Brovkin V et al. (2012) Climate of the Past 8: 251-264 Elsig J et al. (2009) Nature 461: 507-510 Lourantou A et al. (2010) Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 1983-1992 Power MJ et al. (2008) Climate Dynamics 30: 887-907 Schuldt RJ et al. (2012) Biogeosciences Discussions 9: 12667-12710 Figure 2: Simulated burned area fraction for (A) preindustrial climate. Simulated burned area anomalies for (B) mid-Holocene and (C) the LIG. Global annual values are shown below each plot. ensures that the highly resolved land carbon processes are retained whilst maintaining an adequate computational speed of the cli mate and ocean carbon cycle model. We performed three model simulations forced to equilibrium for preindustrial (0 ka BP), mid-Holocene (8 ka BP) and LIG (126 ka BP) time slices. The Earths orbital param eters and atmospheric CO 2 concentrations were prescribed accordingly. Atmospheric CO 2 levels were derived from ice core recon structions with values of 280 ppm, 260 ppm, and 275 ppm for the preindustrial, midHolocene and LIG simulations, respectively. Additionally, we ran another mid-Holocene simulation with an atmospheric CO 2 level of 280 ppm. Changes in vegetation and land carbon storage In response to the mid-Holocene and LIG forcings, the boreal forest expands in the northern high latitudes (Fig. 1A-C) while West Africa and parts of Asia become less arid, greener, and cooler due to intensied monsoon systems (Fig. 1D-F). The two re gions are associated with precipitation rates up to four times higher under the LIG and mid-Holocene forcings compared with the precipitation rate simulated under preindus trial conditions (variables not shown here). These vegetation and climate changes are in general agreement with pollen-based re constructions and other model studies (e.g. Jolly et al. 1998). The integrated land carbon storage change for both interglacial time slices re semble similar anomaly patterns, but dier in their magnitude. The dominant zones where a gain in land carbon storage can be identied are within the African and Asian monsoon regions and the boreal forest (Fig. 1H-I). Due to a lower atmospheric CO 2 level at 8 ka BP compared with preindustrial CO 2 fertilization causes a reduction of total car bon storage. This eect is larger than the eect from climate changes. However, the net result from greenhouse gas and orbital forcing changes in the additional simulation for the mid-Holocene at 280 ppm shows


22 Reconstruction of the last interglacial period from the NEEM ice core DORTHE DAHL-JENSEN 1 P GOGINENI 2 AND J.W .C. WHITE 3 1 Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; 2 Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, University of Kansas, USA; 3 INSTAAR, University of Colorado, USA We report new results from the NEEM ice core, a 2540-m-deep ice core recently drilled in Greenland. In particular, we present reconstructions of past surface temperature and elevation changes during the last interglacial at this new site. T emperatures in the Arctic were high during the last interglacial period (LIG, 130-115 ka BP; Dahl-Jensen 2006; NorthGRIP Project members 2004; Turney et al. 2010) and mean global sea level was 6 to 7.5 m above the present level (Dutton and Lambeck 2012; Kopp et al. 2009). This strong warming must have caused the Greenland ice sheet and the Arctic ice caps and glaciers to retreat, and thus contributed to the global sea-level rise. Models of the Greenland ice sheet arrive at very dierent predictions of the volume and shape of the ice sheet during the LIG. The predicted mass loss varies between 0.5 and 5 m (e.g. Alley et al. 2005; Cuey et al. 2000; Robinson et al. 2011). Here, we present results from the NEEM ice core that provide new constraints on surface temperature and elevation changes dur ing the LIG in Greenland. The NEEM ice core A 2540-m-long ice core was drilled from 2008-2012 at the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling site (77.45N, 51.06W; Steensen this issue). In 2010, the rst measurements of water stable isotopes by online laser-spectroscopy in the eld warned us that below 2200 m the ice was disturbed and probably folded. It was, however, also clear that the ice be low 2200 m and older than 106 ka BP was from the LIG as the water oxygen stable isotope ( 18 O ice ) values were high (about -31.4 ). These measurements also in dicated that below 2432 m, the ice was probably older than 130 ka BP and origi nated from a cold climate period. Figure 1 shows an image of Radio Echo Sounding along the ice ridge where NEEM is located. The surface and bedrock can be traced and internal layering can be dated at the NEEM site down to the distur bances at 2200 m. Below 2200 m the im ages show fuzzy and unclear reections and the structures seem folded and dis turbed. Disturbances of ice older than 100 ka BP are seen in nearly all the Radio Echo Sounding images from central and north Greenland and one should also note that both the GRIP and GISP2 ice core records are disturbed and folded below 100 ka BP (Suwa et al. 2006). The disturbances of the LIG ice in the GRIP, GISP2, and NEEM ice cores are believed to originate from to the rigid ice ow conditions caused by its low impurity concentration compared with the impurity concentration of the sur rounding ice from glacial climate periods. The methane (CH 4 ) concentration and the isotopic composition of oxygen (O 2 ) measured in the air bubbles enclosed in the NEEM ice are global atmospheric tracers. Thus a chronological climatic se quence back to 128.5 ka BP can be ob tained by comparing CH 4 and 18 O of O 2 measurements from the bottom section of the NEEM core with the records from other ice cores from Greenland (NGRIP) and Antarctica (EPICA Dronning Maude Land EDML) (NEEM community mem bers 2013). Figure 2A presents the recon structed 18 O ice prole on the EDML time scale from 100 to 128.5 ka BP. Figure 2B shows the measured 18 O ice record on the depth scale and indicates that the zone from 114 to 119 ka BP (green to yellow) is folded such that the records are mirrored and partly repeated three times, twice in verted. The zone from 2365 to 2432 m is undisturbed and contains the major part of the ice from the LIG (128.5-116.6 ka BP). We observe a hiatus in the NEEM record as no ice from 108 to 114 ka BP is found (val ues from the NGRIP record in white have been included in Figure 2A). LIG elevation changes at the NEEM site The air content in the enclosed air bub bles informs on past surface elevations, as lower air content is found when sur face elevations increase. The new NEEM air content record is very noisy between 2370 m and 2418 m (gray shaded zone) and then drops to low values (Fig. 2D). It corresponds to the very warm part of the LIG where the 18 O ice values exceed -33 (Fig. 2C). Surface melt has certainly removed the air bubbles from the melt ing ice, resulting in regions with lower air content. When corrected for the changing summer insolation and for elevation changes related to dierences in the pres ent position of the NEEM site and the dep ositional site of the LIG ice, surface eleva tion changes at NEEM can be calculated based on the air content record (Fig. 2E, blue curve) (NEEM community members 2013). Between 128 and 122 ka BP, the Figure 1: Center for Remote Sensing of ice Sheets (CReSIS) ice penetrating Radio Echo Sounding image from the NASA Operation IceBridge campaign 2011 showing a 48-km-long line crossing the deep drill site. The NEEM site is shown on the image and three dated horizons are marked.


23 surface elevation decreases from 210 m above to 130 m below the present surface elevation, which translates into a moder ate ice thickness change of 400 m after ac counting for isostatic rebound. Based on this estimate, the ice thickness at NEEM decreased by an average of 7 cm per year between 128 and 122 ka BP and stayed at this level until 114 ka BP, long after surface melt stopped and when temperatures fell below modern levels. The reconstructed elevation changes of only about 10% of the ice thickness at the center of the ice sheet points towards modest volume changes of the Greenland ice sheet during the LIG. While the docu mentation of ice thickness at one location of the Greenland ice sheet cannot con strain overall ice sheet changes during the LIG, our new results from the NEEM ice core only reconcile with Greenland ice sheet simulations (e.g. Robinson et al. 2011; Stone et al. 2012) that indicate a modest contribution of ca. 2 m to the observed ~ 6 to 8 m LIG sea level high stand (Dutton and Lambeck 2012; Kopp et al. 2009). Consequently, these ndings strongly imply that Antarctica must have contributed substantially to the LIG sea level rise. NEEM surface temperature changes over the LIG Knowing the surface elevation chang es during the LIG allows us to correct the measured 18 O ice values to a xed elevation and, therefore, "translate" them into past temperature changes. The re cord is also corrected for the upstream and higher location of the depositional site of the ice from the LIG to produce a record at a xed site and elevation. The re cord shows that Greenland temperatures peaked at the onset of the LIG (~126 ka BP), with surface temperatures 8C warm er than at present at xed elevation, and then gradually decreased thereafter dur ing the LIG (Fig. 2C). The reconstructed precipitationweighted annual temperature changes are remarkably high. In general, warmer summer surface temperatures than those of the present are reported from paleo records (Turney et al. 2010), with some re cords from high Arctic latitudes indicating surface temperatures at 126 ka BP as high as those reported from NEEM (Axford, et al. 2011). During the LIG the northern high latitude summer insolation reached a relative maximum at 128 ka BP (Fig. 2E) with values of 465 W m -2 exceeding the maximum values of the present intergla cial (458 W m -2 at 11 ka BP). The LIG sum mer insolation, however, dropped rapidly, reaching values below present, e.g. 428 W m -2 at 121 ka BP. The onset of the LIG resulted in a short and intense warming associated with an ice thinning of about 400 m at NEEM. At 121 ka BP the intense and warm period was over and the tem perature slowly declined while the ice thickness remained unchanged. These new results indicate that the anatomy of the LIG was dierent than that of the pres ent interglacial, which is longer but not as intense. Perspectives Constraints on elevation and tempera ture changes in Greenland during inter glacial periods can be found along the north-south ice ridge of the ice sheet where most of the deep ice cores have been drilled. The ability to constrain the Greenland ice sheet surface elevation and temperature history both through the Holocene (Vinther et al. 2009) and the LIG (NEEM community members 2013) provide useful "a priori" knowledge to be used by climate and ice sheet models. In the framework of the Past4Future project, the ice sheet modeling group will use these recent constraints to improve the estimates of the contribution to sealevel rise from the Greenland ice sheet. Selected references Full reference list online under: Kopp RE et al. (2009) Nature 462: 863-868 NEEM community members (2013) Nature 493: 489-494 Turney CSM, Jones RT (2010) Journal of Quaternary Science 25: 839-843 Stone EJ, Lunt DJ, Annan JD Hargreaves JC (2012) Climate of the Past Discussions 8: 2731-2776 Vinther BM et al. (2009) Nature 461: 385-388 Figure 2: A) The reconstructed NEEM stable water isotope record ( 18 O ice black curve) including NGRIP data between 114-108 ka BP (white) on the EDML1 timescale. The time axis has been color-coded according to age. B) The color-coded dating is plotted with the original data on the NEEM depth scale in order to visualize the discontinuities and the reversed sections. C-E) Reconstruction of the temperature and elevation history based on the 18 O ice and the air content records during the LIG. C) Temperature change reconstruction (red curve) with associated errors (light red shading) and 18 O ice (black curve). The average present 18 O ice value of -33.6 is marked with a thin black line and the 18 O ice value of -33.0 is marked with a grey line as the limit where surface melt starts. D) Air content on a reversed scale. The soft dashed line was used to reconstruct elevation changes. E) When corrected for upstream ow and local summer insolation changes (green) the air content curve can be "translated" into elevation changes (blue, soft dashed) with the shaded zone indicating the uncertainty range. The zone with surface melt (127-118.3 ka BP) is shaded in light gray.


24 Speleothem records over the last interglacial DOMINIQUE GENTY 1 S. VERHEY DEN 2 AND K WAINER 3 1 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de lEnvironnement, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 2 Geological Survey, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium; 3 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK We present a review of 13 speleothems from Europe, Asia and South America, covering the penultimate deglaciation and the last interglacial. We highlight the similarities and regional dierences in the growth rate and the calcite 18 O records in these cave deposits. T he discovery of speleothems (cave cal cite deposits) as paleoenvironmental archives has signicantly enriched the tool box for reconstructing past changes over the continents. Indeed, research over the last decade has demonstrated the potential of speleothems for providing unique paleoen vironmental and paleoclimatic information based on: (1) precise chronologies relying on Uranium-series dating and (2) high-resolution continental climate records based on carbon and oxygen isotope ( 13 C and 18 O respec tively) measurements of the calcite. Among other results, speleothems have revealed that the Asian and South American monsoons show an anti-phase pattern (Cruz et al. 2005; Cruz et al. 2006a) paced by Earth's precession changes (Wang et al. 2001; Wang et al. 2008). In the Northern Hemisphere temperate zone, the millennial scale climatic Dansgaard-Oeschger events occurring fre quently over Marine Isotopic Stage 3 (28-60 ka BP) have been detected in stalagmites from Turkey (Fleitmann et al. 2009), from the Austrian Alps (Sptl and Mangini 2002), and from southwestern France (Genty et al. 2003). This non-exhaustive list of results gives a a vor of how speleothem records complement other terrestrial evidence, e.g. from lake sedi ments (Allen et al. 1999; Brauer et al. 2000) or pollen (Sanchez Goi et al. 2002; Sanchez Goi et al. 2008). In particular, speleothems enable sig nicant advances in providing precise age determination over the penultimate de glaciation (Termination II) and the last in terglacial (LIG) period. Could speleothems provide a continuous, well-dated, and wellunderstood reference record for Termination II? We review the speleothem 18 O records covering Termination II and the LIG that sat isfy the following criteria: (1) They should be characterized by a high density of UraniumThorium (U-Th) ages of high precision (i.e. 2 age error < 1-5%), (2) the speleothems should have a high enough growth rate so that samples for U-series dating cover a time interval shorter than the uncertainty of the age, and (3) growth rates should be continu ous over long periods avoiding long hiatuses. Following these criteria, we selected seven re cords from Asia (Fig. 1): four from the Sanbao Cave (China; Wang et al. 2008), two from the Dongge Cave (China; Kelly et al. 2006; Yuan et al. 2004) and one from the Daeya Cave (Korea; Jo et al. 2011). From South America, we se lected two records from Brazil. They were re trieved in the Botuvera Cave (Cruz et al. 2005; Cruz et al. 2006b) and in the Santana Cave (Cruz et al. 2006a). We further considered six records from European/Mediterranean caves (Fig. 1) located in Corchia (Italy; Drysdale et al. 2005; Drysdale et al. 2009), La Chaise (France; Couchoud et al. 2009), Entrische Kirche (Austria; Meyer et al. 2008; Meyer et al. 2012), Villars (France; Wainer et al. 2011), Maxange (France; Genty and Wainer unpublished) and Soreq (Israel; Bar-Matthews and Ayalon 2002). While various parameters have been mea sured on speleothems such as calcite 13 C and trace elements, we focus here only on the 18 O signal of the calcite and its growth-rate. Calcite 18 O Several environmental factors inuence the sensitivity of the calcite 18 O to rainfall 18 O and/or temperature (McDermott 2004). Firstly, changes in the location of the water vapor source, in the sources isotopic composi tion, and also changes in rainfall amount inu ence the calcite 18 O. This results in lower 18 O when the climate is more humid and warmer, e.g. as shown by monsoon speleothem re cords and the Corchia record in Italy (Cruz et al. 2006a; Drysdale et al. 2005; Jo et al. 2011; Wang et al. 2008; Fig. 2). Secondly, the tem perature in the cave (close to the mean annual external temperature) may also have a sig nicant inuence on the calcite precipitation fractionation, and consequently on the calcite 18 O (i.e. 18 O decreases when temperature in creases), as suggested in the Villars stalagmite (e.g. Genty and Wainer unpublished; Wainer et al. 2011). Thirdly, changes in the seasonality of precipitation (e.g. the proportion of winter versus summer precipitation) can inuence the calcite 18 O in specic cases such as in the Entrische Kirche Cave record (Meyer et al. 2008, 2012) where the seasonality eect drives the increase of calcite 18 O over Termination II while the climate continues to warm (Fig. 2A). Speleothem growth rate The speleothem growth rate is also a key pa rameter for climatic reconstruction. The calci um content of the dripping water and the drip rate mainly control the growth rate. Those two factors are inuenced by climatic conditions (e.g. external temperature, precipitation) and soil and vegetation activity (Baker et al. 1998; Dreybrodt 1988). As a consequence, the re cords from densely U-Th dated speleothems generally reveal a close link between growth rate and calcite 18 O (Fig. 2). Within a single stalagmite, the growth rate can vary from a few m yr -1 during cold and dry periods to more than 1 mm yr -1 during warmer and more humid climate phases. The chronology can, therefore, only be constrained if a high num ber of precise dates can be generated on an as small as possible time interval. We observe that all the low-latitude sta lagmites from Asia and South America grew continuously over Termination II (Fig. 2B), while in Europe only the Corchia stalagmite seems to present such a progressive growth (i.e. with no hiatus) (Fig. 2A). Unfortunately, the low growth-rate in the Corchia speleo them, less than 30 mm of calcite deposition from its base at ~170 until ~129 ka BP, limits the acquisition of multiple precise ages over Termination II. Chronological limitations also Figure 1: Geographical locations of the selected speleothems.


25 exist for Entrische Kirche, Maxange, and La Chaise stalagmites, which started to grow during or just after Termination II and a hiatus is visible in the Villars record before 130 ka BP (Fig. 2A). Termination II and LIG records Figure 2 shows the calcite 18 O and growthrate records from the selected speleothems. We observe that (1) most of the European spe leothems started growing between 132 and 122 ka BP and all display an abrupt increase in growth rate during a short period: between ~129.7 and ~125.8 ka BP (Fig. 2A). On the con trary, the onset of Asian and South-American speleothem deposition and/or growth rate in crease is more scattered and ranges from ~138 to ~123.4 ka BP (Fig. 2B). (2) Interestingly, while 18 O records show roughly similar changes concentrated around 130 ka in Europe and in Asia, the growth rate changes are much more important in European samples than in low latitude ones (Asia, South America). This sug gests that the climatic contrasts between cold and warm phases of the deglaciation are dif ferent between mid-latitude and low-latitude regions. (3) The Corchia record, through its comparison with the MD95-0242 marine sed iment core (Drysdale et al. 2009), suggests the start of termination II at 141 ka .5 ka. This is only slightly marked by the calcite 18 O and the growth rate curves. No comparable transi tion signal at this age is found in Asian speleo thems, which on the contrary, display a 18 O increase interpreted as a weakening of the Asian monsoon. However, a major transition is clearly visible in the Corchia record in both the calcite 18 O and growth rate, between ~131.5 ka and ~128.5 ka. Additional well-dated spe leothems are urgently needed to shed light on the timing of the onset of Termination II in Europe compared with Asia. (4) A good agree ment between the Corchia and La Chaise records is observed for the timing of the LIG climatic optimum and the calcite 18 O (~128 ka BP 1). However, the calcite 18 O from Villars Cave, which is geographically closer to La Chaise Cave than the Corchia Cave, reveals a dierent shape over the LIG and lower cal cite 18 O values. Interestingly, the Villars calcite 18 O amplitude change over Termination II has a similar magnitude to the record from the Soreq cave located in the Middle East. This comparison clearly reects (1) dier ent regional responses to climate forcing and (2) regionand sitespecic controlling factors of the calcite 18 O values. Concluding remarks Speleothem time-series have become an invaluable terrestrial archive to reconstruct climate changes. The 18 O records and the growth rate curves discussed here show an abrupt and general warming onset between ~129.7 and 125.8 ka BP in Europe. Under a monsoon climate regime, we observe also an abrupt variation in the 18 O records. However the growth rate curves are much more scat tered (i.e. between ~138 and ~123.4 ka BP) suggesting a less marked climatic transition. New data gathered in the framework of the Past4Future project (see Verheyden et al. this issue) should enable us to clarify the observed regional dierences over the LIG. In addition, the increasing speleothem demand will cer tainly need a coordinated and internationally referenced sample management system in order to minimize the impact on cave preser vation. Acknowledgements We warmly thank the authors who made their data available to construct the gures. Selected references Full reference list online under: Cruz FW et al. (2006a) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 248: 495-507 Drysdale RN et al. (2009) Science 325: 1527-1531 Wainer K et al. (2011) Quaternary Science Reviews 30: 130-146 Wang YJ et al. (2001) Science 294: 2345-2348 Yuan D et al. (2004) Science 304: 575-578 Figure 2: A) Calcite 18 O and growth rate records for European speleothems and calcite 18 O record for a Middle East speleothem. B) Calcite 18 O and growth rate records for Asian and South-American speleothems.


26 Dating and synchronizing paleoclimatic records over the last interglacial EMILIE CAPRON 1 A. LAND AIS 2 P .C. TZED AKIS 3 E BARD 4 T BLUNIER 5 D. DAHL-JENSEN 5 T DOKKEN 6 R. GERSONDE 7 F PARRENIN 8 M. SCHULZ 9 B. VINTHER 2 AND C. WAELBROECK 2 1 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 2 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de lEnvironnement, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 3 UCL Department of Geography, University College London, London, UK; 4 Centre de Recherche et dEnseignement de Gosciences de lEnvironnement, Aix en Provence, France; 5 Depart ment of Geophysics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; 6 Bjerknes Center Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway; 7 Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany; 8 Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Gophysique de lEnvironnement, Grenoble, France; 9 MARUM, Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, and Faculty of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany We review some of the available strategies for a coherent dating of ice, marine, and terrestrial records from various latitudes over the last interglacial. W ithin the Past4Future project, spe cic eorts are dedicated to the improvement of absolute age scales and to the synchronization of climate records from dierent archives and dierent lati tudes. A specic committee has been set up to develop guidelines for dating and synchronization to help with synthesiz ing and integrating results from the Work Packages that produce and compare the datasets. While the Holocene is relatively well dated, the last interglacial (LIG) lasting approximately from 129 to 118 ka BP, has been attributed dierent durations de pending on the considered records (e.g. Kukla et al. 1997; Shackleton et al. 2002). These dierences result from regional disparities and dating inconsistencies (Dutton and Lambeck 2012). Building a reference timeframe for the LIG is thus essential to disentangle climatic external forcing and internal feedbacks as well as to depict the regional sequences of events. Here, we review some of the existing absolute constraints and synchroniza tion strategies over the LIG for providing a coherent stratigraphic framework to present paleoclimatic records. We also provide an example of developing a com mon timescale for marine and ice core records over the LIG using approaches discussed below. The list of age mark ers discussed hereafter is not exhaustive but the complete document established by the Past4Future dating committee is available at index.php/resources/project-resources (M5.1.2 Workshop: Integration of results, 2012). Absolute age markers Speleothems provide absolute ages of climate events thanks to dating meth ods based on Uranium-series. For ex ample, the largest increase of the Asian Monsoon activity (as reected in the Sanbao speleothem abrupt calcite 18 O decrease) over the penultimate degla ciation (Termination II) occurred at 129 ka BP with an associated error of less than 100 years (Cheng et al. 2009; Fig. 1E). For European speleothems, less abundant in Uranium, dating constraints are usually less precise (e.g. Genty et al. 2003). The upper parts of ice cores in high-ac cumulation areas can be dated by iden tifying and counting annual layers (e.g. Svensson et al. 2008). However, ice cores lack deep and old absolute dating hori zons except for tephra layers. To date, only the absolute dating of the tephra from Figure 1: A) NorthGRIP 18 O ice (NorthGRIP Project members, 2004), B) Summer Sea Surface Temperature (SST) from ODP 980 marine core (Oppo et al. 2006), C) Temperate tree pollen percentages from MD95-2042 marine core (Shackleton et al. 2002), D) Atmospheric methane concentrations from NorthGRIP (Dark purple, Capron et al. 2010) and EDC (Light purple, Loulergue et al. 2008) ice cores, E) Speleothem 18 O from Sanbao Cave (orange, Wang et al. 2008; black, Cheng et al. 2009), F) Speleothem 18 O from Corchia Cave (brown, Drysdale et al. 2007; light orange, Drysdale et al. 2009), G) Summer SST from MD02-2488 marine core (Govin et al. 2012), H) EDC D (Jouzel et al. 2007) and EDML 18 O ice (EPICA community members, 2006). All records are synchronized onto the EDC3 timescale except the speleothem records. Dashed lines highlight the unambiguous tie points used to syn chronize marine records onto ice core records (Govin et al. 2012). The green rectangle and dashed line highlight the ambiguous signature of GIS 25 onset in the NorthGRIP methane concentration record (Capron et al. 2012). The black dashed rectangle highlights that the abrupt 18 O calcite shift over Termination II is not synchronous in the various speleothem records. The yellow areas indicate the divergence between ice core and speleothem records in the age of Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) events 23, 24, and 25. The grey dashed lines point to the AIM 25 event as identied in the EDC (Jouzel et al. 2007) and in the EDML (Stenni et al. 2010) water isotopic proles and illustrates the diculty to dene unambiguous pointers over the glacial inception.


27 Mount Moulton volcanic event provides an absolute age constraint at 92.1 .4 ka BP (Dunbar et al. 2008) included in the EPICA Dome C timescale (hereafter, EDC3 timescale; Parrenin et al. 2007). In order to place additional constraints, orbital tracers (O 2 /N 2 air content, 18 O atm ) have been implemented for ice core times cales (e.g. Dreyfus et al. 2007; Kawamura et al. 2007; Parrenin et al. 2007; Raynaud et al. 2007). But because the mechanisms behind these orbital tracers are yet to be fully understood (e.g. Landais et al. 2012; Dreyfus et al. 2007), the associated uncer tainties are large (e.g. 6 ka for 18 O atm ). A close inspection of the last gla cial inception and the succession of Greenland Stadials (GS) and Interstadials (GIS) reveals signicant dierences in the timescales of the onset of GIS 23, 24 and 25 as recorded in NorthGRIP 18 O ice (Fig. 1A) and their counterparts in speleothem records from Corchia Cave (Drysdale et al. 2007, Fig. 1F) and Sanbao Cave (Cheng et al. 2009; Wang et al. 2008; Fig. 1E). Record synchronization Ice core synchronization is done on (1) the ice phase through identication of the same volcanic events (e.g. Parrenin et al. 2012) or 10 Be variability from dierent ice cores (Raisbeck et al. 2007), and (2) the gas phase through global atmospheric tracers (methane concentration, 18 O atm e.g. Blunier et al. 1998, Fig. 1D). For example, a chronology for the EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML) ice records, coherent with the EDC3 times cale (as illustrated with the EDML and EDC water isotopic proles on Figure 1H) has been developed by synchronizing volcanic horizons and dust peaks from the EDML ice with EDC ones (Ruth et al. 2007; Severi et al. 2007). Subsequently, the NorthGRIP record has been put on the EDC3 age scale synchronizing the abrupt changes in CH 4 concentration (Fig. 1D) and 18 O atm variations linked to the DO events between 70 and 123 ka BP (Capron et al. 2010). However, this synchronization exercise has some limitations when clear methane concentration or 18 O atm signa tures are lacking (e.g. Capron et al. 2012; Fig. 1D, green square). Direct correlation of the plateau of benthic foraminifera 18 O minimum val ues is commonly applied for synchroniz ing marine sediment records during the LIG (e.g. Cortijo et al. 1999). However, this method has limitations when considering records from dierent water depths and oceanic basins (Skinner and Shackleton 2005; Waelbroeck et al. 2011). An alter native synchronization approach would be based on the identication of tephra layers in marine sediment with a similar chemical composition (e.g. Rasmusse n et al. 2003). Changes in the Earths magnetic eld intensity are recorded in marine, terres trial, and ice records (e.g. Raisbeck et al. 1987). While absolute dating of tephra layers and speleothems allow attribution of an absolute timescale to the Earths magnetic eld variations, the latter can then be used to link the various archives (e.g. Zhou and Shackleton 1999). Climatostratigraphic alignment While it is desirable to use global mark ers or joint analyses of dierent proxies within the same physical sequence (e.g. dust measured both in ice and marine cores), relative dating can sometimes only be derived indirectly from climatic records. Climatostratigraphic alignment is inevitably based on assumptions about the mechanisms linking climate and mea surements. These underlying hypotheses have to be explicitly formulated. Possible alignments between marine and ice core records are based on the hy pothesis that Sea Surface Temperature (SST) changes in the sub-Antarctic zone of the Southern Ocean (respectively in the North Atlantic) occurred simultaneously with air temperature changes over inland Antarctica (respectively Greenland) (e.g. Govin et al. 2012; Shackleton et al. 2002). Figure 1 (A-B, D, G-H) illustrates how this approach can produce a coherent relative timescale between marine and ice core records from both hemispheres (Govin et al. 2012). Age pointers were dened at the start of Termination II and over the millen nial-scale events identied towards the end of the LIG (Fig. 1A-B, G-H). However, regional disparities in climatic event ex pression lead to a relative uncertainty of up to 1 ka (Buiron et al. 2012). Also, it remains problematic to dene precise tie points within the LIG (Govin et al. 2012) and one should limit the use of tie points to unambiguous climatic features. At a regional scale, marine SST and speleothem records may be aligned on the principle that variations in regional SSTs, air temperatures, evaporation and moisture transport are synchronous, and ultimately aect speleothem 18 O sig natures (e.g. Drysdale et al. 2009). These changes in moisture availability and air temperature should also aect synchro nously terrestrial ecosystems. Such an approach could potentially be used to align speleothem and pollen records at the start and end of the LIG and within the LIG. Cheng et al. (2006) suggested that abrupt calcite 18 O shifts from Chinese spe leothems correlate to sharp methane concentration changes measured in ice cores that are associated with abrupt climate changes from the last glacial period and the last two climatic termi nations. This hypothesis has been used to constrain the EDC3 timescale over Termination II (Parrenin et al. 2007; Fig. 1D, E, H). However, the interpretation of speleothem 18 O and 13 C in terms of cli matic or environmental parameters is not straightforward (e.g. Baker et al. 1997). In particular, the climatic interpretation of Chinese stalagmite 18 O has been re cently challenged (Pausata et al. 2011; Wang and Chen 2012). Also, the question as to whether rapid calcite 18 O variations measured in Chinese speleothems are systematically synchronous with abrupt methane concentration increases re quires further investigation (Fleitman et al. unpublished data). Perspectives The guidelines for dating and synchroni zation established so far aim for moving toward a coherent LIG dating. Within that context, a coherent timescale between several ice and marine records from both hemispheres has already been estab lished (e.g. Capron et al. 2010; Govin et al. 2012). Matching various paleo-records also requires assessing rigorously the coher ence of the dierent dating methods and developing integrated techniques. For example, the EDC3 timescale will be re placed soon by AICC2012, a new Antarctic Ice Core Chronology derived from an in verse model that integrates and optimiz es absolute and new relative constraints from several ice cores (Bazin et al. 2012). The guidelines will be updated as new higher-resolution records emerge that may allow for increasing the num ber of chronological tie points over past interglacials through the identication of additional rapid events and the use of improved radiometric techniques (e.g. Aciego et al. 2010). Selected references Full reference list online under: Capron E et al. (2010) Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 222-234 Cheng H et al. (2009) Science 236: 248-252 Govin A et al. (2012) Climate of the Past 8: 483-507 Parrenin F et al. (2007) Climate of the Past 3: 485-497 Shackleton NJ, Hall MA, Vincent E (2000) Paleoceanography 15: 565-569


28 Sea surface temperature controls on warm climate water isotopes in Greenland ice cores LOUISE C. SIME 1 V. MASSON-DELMOTTE 2 C. RISI 3 AND J. SJOLTE 4 1 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 2 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 3 Laboratoire de Mtorologie Dynamique, Paris, France; 4 Lund University, Sweden We present new atmospheric isotope simulations in order to investigate the eect of sea surface temperature changes on the relationship between Greenland surface temperature and water isotopes. R ecently, ice core scientists have ob tained for the rst time a Greenland ice core record covering the entire last inter glacial (LIG; Dahl-Jensen this issue; NEEM community members 2013). Previously, ice cores drilled in Greenland have shown that the stable water isotopic value ( 18 O) of LIG ice at xed elevation was enriched relative to present day, with a maximum enrichment across central Greenland re gions of at least +3 at 126 ka BP (e.g. NorthGRIP Project members 2004). This +3 enrichment has been interpreted as indicating LIG Greenland warmth, but also lower LIG ice sheet topography or warmth outside of Greenland. Thus, achieving a better understanding of the regional driv ers of Greenland precipitation 18 O is of broad interest to the ice core and wider paleoclimate communities. LIG forcing versus greenhouse gas driven warming In the framework of the Past4Future project, two recent papers have used atmospheric isotope enabled General Circulation Models (GCM) to investigate climatic controls on 18 O measured in Greenland ice cores. Each paper has fo cused on a specic modeling approach. The rst approach uses simulations from the IPSL-CM4 model to simulate the LIG climate using realistic boundary conditions, i.e. 126 ka BP orbital congu ration and greenhouse gas (GHG) levels (Masson-Delmotte et al. 2011). The second approach (also preliminarily investigated in Masson-Delmotte et al. 2011) is as fol lows: First, two dierent warm sea surface temperature (SST) scenarios are simulated using the IPSL-CM4 and HadCM3 GCMs forced with high GHG values (see Box 1). Second, the impact of the two SST scenar ios on isotopic changes over Greenland is simulated with the respective isotopeenabled atmosphere-only versions of IPSL-CM4 and HadCM3 (Sime et al. 2013). Hereafter, we refer to these three simula tions as : (1) IPSL_LIG: IPSL-CM4 LIG simu lation driven by 126 ka BP orbital and 126 ka BP GHG forcing; (2) IPSL_A: IPSL-CM4 simulation using present day orbital forc ing alongside higher levels of GHG forcing and (3) HadCM3_B: HadCM3 simulation using present day orbital forcing along side higher levels of GHG forcing (Box 1). To facilitate simulation inter-compari son, we rstly average the simulated 18 O increases over central Greenland (regions above 1300 m). We then linearly scale the results so that the three simulations each have a 3 increase in 18 O compared with present day (Fig. 1). This enables a direct comparison between simulated temperature increases over Greenland, and SST changes that could force the ob served LIG 3 18 O increase. Although observationally based (NorthGRIP Project members 2004), the target of an average of +3 in LIG 18 O is somewhat arbitrary. It may not be necessary for the 18 O in crease to average 3 across all central regions of Greenland in order to match all interglacial ice core observations. The SST changes simulated within IPSL_A and HadCM3_B also have a degree of ar bitrariness, i.e. alternative patterns of SST changes could also drive up Greenland 18 O values. A broad comparison between simula tions shows that IPSL_LIG and IPSL_A SST patterns dier where orbitally-dependent seasonal behavior occurs (Fig. 2A-B). However, these dierences appear to be smaller than those observed between the purely GHG (orbits as present day) forced IPSL_A and HadCM3_B experiments (Fig. 2B-C). What surface temperature chang es drive a +3 increase in 18 O? For Greenland, above 1300 m, the scaled IPSL_LIG simulation suggests an aver aged interglacial surface temperature in crease greater than 14C. However it also features "cli-edges" in 18 O and surface temperature (Fig. 1A). IPSL_A simulates an interglacial Greenland surface tem perature increase of ~10 to 14C (Fig. 1B) while HadCM3_B simulates an interglacial Greenland surface temperature increase of ~2 to 8C (Fig. 1C). For the IPSL_A and HadCM3_B simulations, the surface tem perature and 18 O changes tend to be larger in the northern and central regions Figure 1: Scaled dierences between the control (present day) and the warmer simulations. Climate and isotopic results are scaled such that central Greenland 18 O increases by +3. A) IPSL_LIG simulation, (B) IPSL_A simulation and (C) HadCM3_B simulation. Shading over Greenland shows the dierence between the control and individual simulation values of surface temperature. Contouring shows the dierence between the control and individual simulation values of 18 O. Intervals are 2 and the range is from 0 to 12. Figure from Sime et al. (submitted)


29 of Greenland compared to present day (Fig. 1B and 1C). The "cli-edge" pattern across Greenland from the IPSL_LIG simulation indicates simulation noise, and scaling to the +3 target requires SST increases that are not within observational bounds (Fig. 2A; McKay et al. 2011; Turney et al. 2010). Thus, despite the appeal of the 126 ka BP simulation (IPSL_LIG) approach, we suggest that climate model dynamics cur rently prevent an accurate simulation of LIG climate when using realistic orbital and GHG forcing. These model decien cies could be due to missing physical pro cesses in the ocean, atmosphere, and sea ice sub-models as well as missing climate feedbacks due to a neglect of dynamic vegetation and ice sheet evolution in the model. This motivates the use of isoto pic simulations driven by higher levels of GHGs (such as the IPSL_A and HadCM3_B simulations) when attempting to learn about past warm climates. We show that understanding SST changes is key to understanding warm climate Greenland isotopic changes (Masson-Delmotte et al. 2011; Sime et al. 2013). Indeed, precipitation sourced from local high-latitude regions is enriched in 18 O. Increasing (decreasing) the pro portion of locally sourced precipitation therefore raises (lowers) 18 O in Greenland snow. Thus SST changes which drive dif ferences in evaporative sources, strongly aect Greenland 18 O values. From the results of the IPSL_A simulation, we ob serve strong SST increases south of 50N but only small changes around northern Greenland (Fig. 2B). This leads to a high er proportion of distally sourced ( 18 O depleted) Greenland precipitation. The HadCM3_B simulation shows that the northern regions of Greenland experience SST increases of up to ~10C (Fig. 2C), as sociated with reduced sea ice cover (not shown). This leads to substantially more local precipitation and as a result, en riched ice 18 O. What can we learn from these re sults? Our simulations provide an insight into how ice core observations could be re lated to wider climatic changes across the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. On one hand, we observe from the HadCM3_B simulation that if the seas to the north of Greenland get warmer and sea ice is reduced, then central Greenland 18 O in creases of 3 (Fig. 1C) can be simulated with associated SSTs of around +4C (Fig. 2C). This pattern of sea surface warm ing lies within current interglacial obser vational constraints (McKay et al. 2011; Turney et al. 2010). On the other hand, the IPSL_A simulation shows that if the Arctic SSTs north of Greenland are almost un changed and SST warming is instead con centrated in the south of Greenland (Fig. 2B) the 3 18 O rise requires Greenland surface temperatures to increase by be tween ~8 and 14C (Fig. 1B). It also re quires an SST change to the southeast of Greenland of more than ~20C (Fig. 2B). Such a large change is very unlikely and this suggests that the warming resulting from the HadCM3_B may be more repre sentative of LIG changes. To summarize, while during colder than present day climates, Greenland 18 O orig inates from distal precipitation sources (Masson-Delmotte et al. 2005), our new simulations suggest that during warmer climates, Greenland 18 O precipitation can originate from local high latitude regions. As a result, we propose that sea surface warming and sea ice loss in regions north of Greenland may have caused much of the observed Greenland 18 O rise and also contributed to a central Greenland tem perature increase of about +4C during the LIG. SST reconstructions from marine sediment cores drilled in regions to the north of Greenland would be necessary to test our hypothesis. Outlook Our experiments have shown that im proved model parameterizations and/ or coupling with dynamic ice sheet and vegetation models are necessary for in vestigating Greenland LIG changes forced by more realistic orbital and GHG forc ings. Isotope-enabled model simulations, which include dynamic ice sheets, would also be useful for helping us infer LIG ice sheet changes from isotopic observations. Finally, performing atmospheric isotopic model simulations is also benecial in un derstanding other ice core tracers used to interpret Greenland moisture source changes (such as the deuterium excess and the recently developed 17 O tracer). Selected references Full reference list online under: Masson-Delmotte V et al. (2011) Climate of the Past 7, 1041-1059 Masson-Delmotte V et al. (2005) Science 309: 118 McKay NP, Overpeck JT, Otto-Bliesner BL (2011) Geophysical Research Letters 38, doi: 10.1029/2011GL048280 NorthGRIP Project members (2004) Nature 431: 47 Sime LC et al. (2013) Quaternary Science Reviews 67: 59-80 Figure 2: Dierences between the control (present day) and warmer simulation SSTs. Scaled (as in Fig. 1). A) IPSL_LIG simulation, (B) IPSL_A simulation and (C) HadCM3_B simulation. The viewpoint in each case is from above Europe, looking across the North Atlantic Ocean, Greenland, and part of the Arctic Ocean. Schematic arrows show the main changes in precipitation (evaporation) sources for Greenland snow. Box 1: Orbital forcing conguration and greenhouse gas (GHG) values for the three simulations: IPSL_LIG (Masson-Delmotte et al. 2011) IPSL_A, HadCM3_B (Sime et al. 2013) S imulation Orbital forcing GHGs IPSL_LIG 126 ka 126 ka IPSL_A present -day 4x preindustrial CO 2 HadCM3_B present-day SRES A1B 2100 scenario


30 Reconstruction of past sea ice extent RAINER GERSONDE 1 AND ANNE DE VERNAL 2 1 Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany; 2 GEOTOP, Universit du Qubec Montral, Montral, Canada Past sea ice extension is a critical component of the Earths climate system. Reconstructions relying on geochemical, sedimentological and microfossil-based proxy records in ice and sediment climate archives are presented here. O n August 27, 2012 the US National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC, http://nsidc. org/arcticseaicenews/) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, arctic-seaice-2012.html) alerted the public about the lowest Arctic summertime sea ice extent measured since the satellite-based sea ice survey was started in the late 1970s. The observed August 2012 minimum sea ice extent of 4.1 6 km 2 conrms the ongoing decline of perennial Arctic sea ice, which po tentially began in the middle of the last cen tury (Kinnard et al. 2008). The decline reached 2 to 3% per decade between 1979 and 1996 and accelerated to 12 to 13% per decade since then (Comiso 2012). This rapid loss of sea ice, higher than anticipated by the forecasts of the IPCC 2007 report (Stroeve et al. 2007), may lead to the disappearance of summer Arctic sea ice by 2050 if not earlier, according to sev eral model simulations (Wang and Overland 2009). Arctic sea ice decline, which is related to Arctic surface water temperature increase (Comiso 2012), represents a striking example of current climate change related to anthropo genic global warming (Spielhagen et al. 2011; Kinnard et al. 2011). Although sea ice is generally restricted to high latitudes, its formation, extent and sea sonal variability play a critical role in the Earths climate and ocean dynamics at global and re gional scales, aecting surface albedo, the ex change of energy uxes between ocean and atmosphere, thermohaline ocean circulation and formation of deep water masses, primary and export productivity, and weather system formation (e.g. Budikova 2009) (Fig. 1A). Sea ice is a fast changing environmental component of the Earth system (Fig. 1B) and eectively amplies climate and environmental change due to positive feedback mechanisms. The recent changes in Arctic sea ice extent are of concern to scientists and policy-makers, and this topic is regularly reported in the media. Thus we need to further extend sea ice records into the past to document the natural variabil ity of sea ice beyond short term satellite mea surements to better understand the recently observed changes and enhance our ability to perform projections of future sea ice extent. Figure 1: A) Schematic representation of major sea ice related environmental and climatic parameters (adapted from Gersonde and Zielinski 2000). B) Photo gallery showing the development of Antarctic sea ice (a fast chang ing environmental factor) from frazil ice (1) to aggregation of ice crystals (2) to form pancake ice (3), freezing and rafting of pancake ice (4, see fur seal for comparison) to form a close ice cover (5, crossed by the German research vessel ice breaker Polarstern). The dierent steps of this process take only a few days to weeks. Photos: R. Gersonde. Historical sea ice records At the hemispheric scale, sea ice reconstruc tions for historical periods predating the start of satellite surveys are hampered by the lack of observational datasets. Nevertheless, Kinnard et al. (2008) extended the observation-based record of Arctic sea ice back to 1870 AD. This was mainly based on statistical analysis of ice edge position data. The record was then ex tended to 560 AD based on a high-resolution multi-proxy approach using ice, terrestrial, and marine records. This historical record demon strates that the observed modern decline of sea ice has been unprecedented for the past 1,450 years (Kinnard et al. 2011). Rayner et al. (2003) simulated Arctic and Antarctic sea ice and their seasonal variability back to 1856 AD, taking into account historical observations and modern climatologies. Their analysis in dicates reductions in Antarctic sea ice extent by the middle of the last century; a result sup ported by a comprehensive study of whaling positions (de la Mare 2009) and ice core proxy records (Abram et al. 2010). Such a nding is puzzling, since satellite-derived information indicates a slight increase in Antarctic sea ice (about 1% per decade) during the past 40 years (Turner et al. 2009). Sea ice on geological time scales Sea ice reconstructions on geological times cales rely on indirect observations obtained from marine and ice core records. Various prox ies have been developed to estimate sea ice extent, concentration, annual occurrence, and seasonal pattern. However, each proxy has its own limitations. While winter sea ice extent can be reconstructed somewhat accurately with a number of proxies, estimating the ex tent of the perennial sea ice eld remains chal lenging. Moreover, while the analyses of cores may yield time series at given locations, the re construction of sea ice extent in space with the position of maximum and minimum limits re quires densely distributed data. Consequently, comprehensive glacial/interglacial reconstruc tions require combining dierent proxy re cords and consideration of sedimentation pat terns to map sea ice extent and its variability.


31 Sea ice proxies include chemical tracers in ice cores and biogenic remains of microorgan isms as well as non-biogenic particles in ma rine records. Flux rates of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) and sea salt sodium in ice cores are used to reconstruct past sea ice extent (e.g. Becagli et al. 2009; Wol et al. 2006) but their interpre tation is equivocal and more studies are need ed to understand and calibrate these proxies (Abram et al. 2010). Marine reconstruction methods include the use of microfossil marker species, transfer functions based on microfossil assemblages, stable isotope signals, biomarker and terrigenic particles. Specic diatom spe cies are able to dwell in sea ice, attached to it or within sea ice governed cold-water environ ments (less than -1.5C). Some of these species produce biomarkers or secrete siliceous valves that can be preserved in the sediment record. For example, a proxy to reconstruct past Arctic sea ice is the IP25 biomarker (a C25 monounsaturated highly branched isoprenoid lipid) (Belt et al. 2007). IP25 is produced by a sea icerelated diatom, which secretes thinly walled siliceous valves generally not preserved in the sedimentary record. To better quantify sea ice occurrence, Mller et al. (2011) have proposed using a combination of IP25 and a phytoplank ton productivity proxy. The occurrence of IP25 is restricted to the polar North (e.g. Mller et al. 2009). A similar biomarker has recently been proposed for reconstruction of Antarctic sea ice (Mass et al. 2011). The abundance pattern of sea ice re lated diatom species preserved in the sedi ment record represents a powerful tool for Southern Ocean sea ice reconstruction. While early work (Hays et al. 1976) simply used the boundary of diatom-rich and diatom-poor sediments for the mapping of the sea ice ex tent at the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), later studies considered the composition of diatom assemblages and reconstructed sea ice quan titatively as expressed by the annual duration (month per year) of sea ice occurrence using a diatom transfer function (Crosta et al. 1998). A combination of dierent diatom-based meth ods allowed the rst comprehensive circumAntarctic reconstruction of the LGM winter and summer sea ice distribution as part of the MARGO project to be realized (Gersonde et al. 2005; Fig. 2A). In Northern Hemisphere high latitudes, the use of diatoms, however, is often restricted by silica dissolution. Some reconstructions from Quaternary sediments are nevertheless available for the North Atlantic (e.g. Justwan and Ko 2008), the Labrador Sea and the po lar North Pacic. In contrast, organic-walled dinoagellate cysts display a broad distribu tion pattern and are usually well-preserved in sediment. They have successfully been used for past sea ice reconstructions (e.g. de Vernal et al. 2005, 2008) documenting the LGM sea ice distribution in the North Atlantic (Fig. 2B). Other potentially useful proxies include os tracode species that live parasitically on sea ice-related amphipods (Cronin et al. 2010), the isotopic signature of a sea ice-related plank tic foraminifer species (Hillaire-Marcel and de Vernal 2008), and the relationship between sea surface temperatures derived from the plank tic foraminiferal assemblage record and sea ice occurrence (Sarnthein et al. 2003). Finally, the application of dierent sedimentological prox ies for reconstruction of Arctic sea ice and its transport pathways has been attempted (Stein 2008). An interesting combination of terrigenic components (ice-rafted debris) and the occur rence of an extinct diatom species, which may be related to an extant sea ice-related diatom genus, has been used for the establishment of a two-million-year sea ice record which occurred in the middle Eocene Arctic Ocean (Stickley et al. 2009). Outlook In the framework of the Past4Future project, bipolar reconstructions, derived from several of the proxies described above, are generated to enhance our knowledge of sea ice variability during the present and last interglacial stages and the preceding glacial/interglacial transi tions. The challenge to produce time series of sea ice extent into past warmer than present climates and to study natural sea ice variabil ity under such conditions is central to the Sea Ice Proxy (SIP) working group supported by PAGES (de Vernal et al. 2012). Selected references Full reference list online under: Belt ST et al. (2007) Organic Geochemistry 38: 16-27 Comiso JC (2012) Journal of Climate 25, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00113.1 de Vernal A et al. (2005) Quaternary Science Reviews 24: 897-924 Gersonde R, Crosta X, Abelmann A, Armand L (2005) Quaternary Science Reviews 24: 869-896 Kinnard C et al. (2011) Nature 479: 509-512 Figure 2: A ) Reconstruction of Antarctic winter and summer sea ice extents during the Last Glacial Maximum based on diatom proxies (blue lines). For comparison modern winter and summer sea ice extents are indicated (green lines). The LGM reconstruction in the Pacic sector and the Drake Passage are weak because of the small number of available cores at the time of data compilation. Dots indicate locations with diatom-based reconstruction, crosses indicate locations with radiolarian-based reconstruction (modied from Gersonde et al. 2005). B ) Reconstruction of sea ice cover in the North Atlantic during the Last Glacial Maximum based on organic walled dinoagellates. The orange and green dashed lines correspond to the probable limits of summer (perennial) and winter sea ice limits, respectively (modied from de Vernal et al. 2005).


32 A climate model inter-comparison of last interglacial peak warmth EMMA J. STONE 1 P BAKKER 2 S. CHARBIT 3 S.P RITZ 4 AND V. VARMA 5 1 School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK; 2 Earth & Climate Cluster, Department of Earth Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands; 3 Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, CEA Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France; 4 Climate and Environmental Physics, Physics Institute and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland; 5 Center for Marine Environmental Sciences and Faculty of Geosciences, University of Bremen, Germany A last interglacial transient climate model inter-comparison indicates regional and inter-model dierences in timing and magnitude of peak warmth. This study reveals the importance of dierent climate feedbacks and the need for accurate paleodata in terms of age, magnitude and seasonality to constrain model temperatures. P aleorecords and climate modeling studies indicate that Arctic summers were warmer during the last interglacial (LIG, ca. 130 to 115 ka BP) and global sea level was at least 6 m higher than today (Dutton and Lambeck 2012; Kopp et al. 2009), implying a reduction in the size of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets (Siddall et al. this issue). Previous snapshot climate model simulations for the LIG have shown summer Arctic warming of up to 5C compared with the present day (Kaspar et al. 2005; Montoya et al. 2000), with the largest warming in Eurasia and the Greenland region. The LIG period provides an opportunity to test the current suite of climate models of varying degrees of complexity, under forcings that re sult in a warmer than present climate. To date, however, there has been no standardized inter-comparison of LIG climate model simula tions. Five European modeling groups (form ing part of the Past4Future project) have per formed experiments in order to characterize the response of the climate system to LIG changes in various climate forcings and bio physical feedback processes. These forcings and feedbacks include greenhouse gas con centrations (GHG), orbital conguration (ORB), vegetation feedbacks (VEG), and changes in ice sheet geometry (ICE). A key aim of this inter-comparison is to perform a number of sensitivity studies (e.g. ORB only, ORB+GHG, ORB+GHG+VEG, ORB+GHG+ICE) to ascertain the relative importance of the forcings and feedbacks in determining the trends and vari ability of LIG climate. The Past4Future project has enabled the rst long (> 10 ka) transient standard ized inter-comparison for the LIG to be real ized. These simulations consist of a range of model complexity with various forcings and feedbacks included: one full general circula tion model CCSM3 (ORB; Collins et al. 2006; Yeager et al. 2006), one low-resolution gen eral circulation model, FAMOUS (ORB+GHG; Smith 2012; Smith et al. 2008), and three Earth System Models of Intermediate Complexity: 1) CLIMBER-2 (ORB+GHG; Petoukhov et al. 2000), 2) Bern3D (ORB+GHG+ICE; Mller et al. 2006; Ritz et al. 2011), and 3) LOVECLIM (ORB+GHG; Goosse et al. 2010). CLIMBER-2, Bern3D, FAMOUS, and LOVECLIM use GHG and orbital forcings that conform closely to a set of stan dards described by the Paleo-modeling Intercomparison Project (PMIP3) while CCSM3 uses the same orbital conguration but with green house gas values xed according to mean LIG values. Bern3D is the only model that pre scribes ice-sheet changes (and an associated freshwater forcing) by including the eect of remnant Northern Hemisphere ice sheets from the penultimate glaciation (all other models use present day ice sheet geometry). One of the diculties in understanding the response of the climate to LIG forcings is the lack of consensus in the paleodata on the timing of peak interglacial warmth in dif ferent regions of the Earth (e.g. The Nordic Seas and North Atlantic; Govin et al. 2012; Van Nieuwenhove et al. 2011). The interpretation of temperature signals of dierent resolution and seasonality obtained from paleoclimatic archives is also contentious (Jones and Mann 2004). Our climate modeling approach aims to inform on the spatial and temporal dierences in peak warmth observed in the data, as well as on assessing the robustness of our climate model results (Bakker et al. 2013). Through this task it is also possible to gain an understanding of the climate feedbacks (e.g. changes in ocean overturning circulation and sea-ice) that are at play resulting from changed GHG concentra tions and astronomical forcing. How does LIG summer temperature response compare in four dierent regions of the Earth? Figure 1 shows the 50-year summer average surface air temperature anomalies over four dened regions of the globe where paleodata exist for the time period 130 to 115 ka BP. These model results demonstrate not only the dier ences in the timing of peak summer warmth Figure 1: Summer 50-year global mean temperature anomalies spanning the LIG (ca. 130 to 115 ka BP) for ve climate models of varying complexity. Note that these anomalies are calculated with respect to a preindustrial equilibrium climate representative of 1850 AD. For more details with respect to model setups and forcings see Bakker et al. (2012). The range in timing of the peak interglacial warmth is indicated by the gray bars.


33 between regions but also discrepancies be tween the models themselves. Greenland shows peak summer warmth during the early LIG for all ve models with positive tempera ture anomalies compared with pre-industrial values ranging from ~0.1 to 1C, albeit sub stantially smaller than the +5C anomaly ob tained from ice core records (e.g. NorthGRIP Project members 2004). Future simulations, which include a reduced Greenland ice sheet, may reconcile this dierence between models and data. Simulated maximum summer tempera ture anomalies for the Nordic Seas (-1.0 to 1.0C) and southeast China (~0 to 3C), how ever, indicate a less robust result between the models in terms of timing and temperature change. We compare our model results with a recent data synthesis by Turney and Jones (2010) and show that no model produces a maximum summer temperature anomaly as large as that inferred from paleodata (up to +9C) for the Nordic Seas. This discrepancy could be due to missing feedback processes in the model simulations (such as vegetation changes), misrepresentation of ocean circula tion and a simplistic representation of sea ice dynamics. Furthermore, the discrepancy could be larger still because the Turney and Jones (2010) data synthesis has been interpreted as an annual rather than a summer temperature signal. We also note that the Bern3D model simulation, which includes remnant ice sheets from the previous glacial, shows a delay in peak LIG warmth for Greenland and the Nordic Seas compared with the other models indicat ing the importance of this feedback. In contrast to Greenland, timing of sum mer peak warmth in the Southern Hemisphere shows a substantial delay, with peak summer values (from -1 to 0.1C) only being obtained after 120 ka BP. This contradicts a recent pa leodata study (Govin et al. 2012) suggesting Southern Hemisphere peak warmth actually preceded Northern Hemisphere warming dur ing the early part of the LIG. Seasonal timing of LIG maximum warmth Figure 2 shows the spatial distribution of tim ing of maximum LIG warmth during January and July. Superimposed are the four regions described above and given in Figure 1. During Northern Hemisphere winter (January), there is large variability between models in the tim ing of maximum warmth ranging from ca. 119 to 128 ka BP over Greenland and the Nordic Seas. We relate these discrepancies at high northern latitudes during winter to dierences in sea-ice feedback mechanisms (Bakker et al. 2013). In contrast, Southern Hemisphere win ter (July) temperatures over Antarctica show less variability in timing of peak winter warmth. The temperature anomalies reach a maximum ca. 128 ka BP for CLIMBER-2, LOVECLIM and FAMOUS relating to those simulations which include the same forcings. There is a delay in peak warmth for Bern3D and CCSM3 (CCSM3 does not include transient GHGs and Bern3D includes remnant ice sheets and changes in freshwater forcing). During the northern summer months, the inter-model comparison shows consistent timing of maximum warmth at high latitudes, ranging between ca. 124 and 128 ka BP (Fig. 2). This consistency is also the case for the Southern Hemisphere in July, but austral sum mer maximum warmth occurs much later (af ter 118 ka BP). In northern mid-to-low latitude regions, such as southeast China, all model simulations show reasonably similar results in timing of maximum warmth during the northern summer (July) and winter (January) months. Perspectives The Past4Future LIG modeling group provides important information for the data commu nity regarding locations for relevant potential new paleoclimatic data. We also provide in sights into understanding the mechanisms that result in dierences in peak warmth tim ing and magnitude from proxy data tempera tures around the world. Our results inform on the impact of remnant ice sheets and the importance of understanding the sensitivity of climate feedbacks during periods of enhanced warming. Part of the Past4Future data and modeling community remit is to reconstruct a coherent picture of LIG climate with the use of climate models to explain the temperature patterns observed in proxy observations. The next stage will be to take part in a detailed multi-millennial scale temperature compari son between model and data for the LIG. This will aim at understanding and explaining the dierences between climate model results and how they might constrain future predic tions of global warming. Selected references Full reference list online under: Bakker P et al. (2013) Climate of the Past 9: 605-619 Govin A et al. (2012) Climate of the Past 8: 483-507 NorthGRIP Project members (2004) Nature 431: 147-151 Turney CSM, Jones RT (2010) Journal of Quaternary Science 25: 839-843 Van Nieuwenhove N et al. (2011) Quaternary Science Reviews 30: 934946 Figure 2: Timing of maximum LIG warmth for the months January and July for the ve climate models of varying complexity. The regions dened in Figure 1 for Greenland, Nordic Seas, southeast China, and Antarctica are depicted by the white boxes Figure modied from Bakker et al. (2013).


34 Continuous in-eld measurements of gas concentration from ice cores THOMAS BLUNIER 1 J. CHAPPELLAZ 2 AND E BROOK 3 1 Centre for Ice and Climate, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark; 2 Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Gophysique de lEnvironnement, CNRS, Universit Joseph Fourier-Grenoble, France; 3 Department of Geosci ences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA New techniques have revolutionized the way trace gases are measured from ice cores. What took decades to complete in the past now only takes a few months. We report about the recent development in measuring the methane concentration from ice cores. I ce cores provide a unique opportunity to access the past composition of the Earths atmosphere. Up to now methane concentration measurements have been made on individual ice samples. Such work is laborious and it took two decades to obtain the methane data for the com posite record shown in Figure 1A. Initially chemical measurements were also obtained from individual ice samples. During the 1990s a methodology known as Continuous Flow Analyses was invent ed and has been further developed since (Bigler et al. 2011; Kaufmann et al. 2008). This method is based on the continuous melting of a section of the ice core. The meltwater is then split and diverted into detectors specic to the chemical ion spe cies to be analyzed. In this way a large range of chemical components can be an alyzed directly at the ice core drill site. Note that for these chemical measurements, a debubbler unit is required to remove the air from the ice (on the order of 10% by volume) since the air would hamper the chemical analysis. It has been a long-term ambition to measure the gas composition of ice cores using a similar methodology. The University of Bern, Switzerland, has developed such a system. First in-the-eld methane concen tration measurements The system, developed in Bern, is based on a small portable Gas Chromatograph for methane concentrations (Schpbach et al. 2009). The debubbler unit has been modied so that the expelled air is rout ed through a membrane unit to separate the air from the remaining water. The membrane unit consists of a hydropho bic membrane tube where the outside of the tube is ushed with ultrapure Helium. The air passes through the membrane and is taken up by the Helium stream. The Helium/air sample mixture is then dried and transferred through a column trap held at the temperature of liquid nitro gen to concentrate the air sample. Finally, this air sample is injected into the Gas Chromatograph. This new way of measur ing ice core air composition has proven successful and produces a measurement at ~15 cm intervals along the core with a measurement uncertainty of 3%, i.e. sucient to reveal the main features of atmospheric methane concentration changes (Schpbach et al. 2009). Still, the resolution potentially achievable is limited by the requirement to (1) pre-concentrate the sample and (2) separate the trace gas es chromatographically. Introduction of laser spectrom eters to ice core works The research teams at LGGE (Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Gophysique de l'Environnement, Grenoble, France) and CIC (Centre for Ice and Climate, Copenhagen, Denmark) have indepen dently developed the use of cavity en hanced laser spectrometry for obtaining methane concentration measurements. Whilst the LGGE group has made improve ments to a prototype instrument (SARA) in collaboration with a laser physics research laboratory at Grenoble (LIPhy, http://, the CIC group has adapted a commercially available Picarro instrument for the specic requirement of ice core analysis. During the 2009 NEEM deep drilling campaign, the CIC scientists made the Figure 1: Methane concentration variations over the last 100 ka. A) Composite record from several Greenland ice cores (Blunier et al. 2007), (B) Raw data obtained with the SARA (green curve) and Picarro laser spectrometers (red curve). This data is preliminary, uncalibrated, and for illustrative purposes only. It is known to contain sections with analytical issues.


35 rst attempt to couple a Picarro instru ment to the existing Bern Continuous Flow Analyses setup. The instrument was connected to the outlet of the Gas Chromatograph gas trapping system in order to measure the sample diluted in Helium. This setup was initially unsuccess ful due to the variable dilution of the sam ple but it demonstrated that laser instru ments could be successfully used in the eld. Furthermore, initial tests indicated that it would be possible to obtain reliable results if gas concentration measurements were made on the undiluted ow. Success during the NEEM 2010 eld season During the 2010 eld season, the proj ect was expanded and included two la ser instruments backed up by the Gas Chromatograph system (Fig. 2). LGGE and CIC researchers developed a way of ex tracting the gas in the melt stream with out diluting the sample using a Membrana MicroModule unit and the setup was mod ied such that the gas/water stream from the debubbler unit was routed directly through the membrane unit. On the gas side of the membrane the air extracted from the ice was pumped through a drier to remove water vapor and then succes sively through the SARA and Picarro ana lyzers (Fig. 2). Figure 1 shows the compos ite of several Greenland ice core methane concentration records obtained over the last 20 years (Fig. 1A) and the raw meth ane concentration data obtained from the respective laser spectrometers (Fig. 1B). In just two months of using the laser spec trometers the teams were able to obtain measurements that previously took two decades to perform. Although the system was regularly calibrated with a standard gas, there are obvious dierences and inconsistencies between the records. These arise from leaks in the setup and from incomplete gas extraction. For the 2010 records the only way to calibrate the data was to mea sure some individual samples. While, in principle, the measurements should be continuous, they were in fact broken up into sections of 1.1 m. At the beginning of each section the cavities of the spectrom eters are lled with standard gas, which is then slowly replaced with sample gas. Over the course of time in places where sample and standard gas coexist in the cavity the methane concentration of the sample cannot be measured, and in the 2010 setup up to one third of the sample was lost, resulting in only some sections being continuously measured for their methane concentration. Since 2010, there has been continu ous development and improvement in the sample calibration procedure. We now receive good data getting the system into a dynamical steady state situation. In this way solubility correction and eventual leaks are constant and identical for calibra tion measurements and samples. The pre cision of the laser systems is signicantly better than that of a Gas Chromatograph system with an uncertainty as small as 0.4%. Stowasser et al. (2012) investigate to what degree the time resolution of meth ane records can be improved by continu ous measurements. Atmospheric varia tions are smoothed by traveling through the open porous space (rn) in the top part of the ice sheet (the rst ~60-100 m) before the gas becomes trapped perma nently in the ice. To obtain the full reso lution of the smoothed concentration re cord trapped in the ice, the dispersion by the measurement system has to be less than the smoothing that occurs in the rn layer. The CIC system obtains a spatial res olution of 5 cm, which is adequate to de tect any climatically relevant uctuations in methane back to at least 66 ka BP in the NEEM ice core. The signicant advantage of the on line gas concentration measuring tech nique is the higher resolution that can be obtained in a very short amount of time. This is especially true for the last millen nium and part of the Holocene where the system enables a sub-annual temporal resolution on the NEEM ice core to be ob tained. At rst glance this ability is mean ingless, as the atmospheric variations (e.g. annual uctuations) are completely smoothed out, but we also found indica tions of sub-annual methane signals in the NEEM ice core. These signals could point to either in-situ production of methane in the NEEM ice or, alternatively, an artifact of the trapping process of air in the rn layer (e.g. stratigraphic inversions due to rn layers trapping gases at dierent depths) (Rhodes et al. unpublished data). Future investigations are necessary to clarify these issues. Outlook Laser spectrometer development has rap idly improved over the past few years. In the future it will be possible to analyze not only one atmospheric component such as the methane concentration de scribed here, but a suite of atmospheric components simultaneously. This has al ready been achieved by the SARA instru ment, which has measured both methane and carbon monoxide on a section of the NEEM ice core. Within the framework of the Past4Future project, online measure ments of trace gases will be able to supply climate models with the most complete dataset to date. Selected references Full reference list online under: Bigler M et al. (2011) Environmental Science and Technology 45: 44834489 Blunier T et al. (2007) Climate of the Past 3: 325-330 Kaufmann PR et al. (2008) Environmental Science and Technology 42: 8044-8050 Schpbach S et al. (2009) Environmental Science and Technology 43: 5371-5376 Stowasser C et al. (2012) Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 5: 9991013 Figure 2: Schematic of the NEEM 2010 eld setup for measuring methane concentrations.


36 Sea level variations during the last interglacial MARK SIDD ALL 1 R.C.A. HINDMARSH 2 W .G. THOMPSON 3 A. DUTTON 4 R.E KOPP 5 AND E .J. STONE 6 1 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, UK; 2 Science Programmes, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 3 Department of Geology and Geophysics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institu tion, Woods Hole, USA; 4 Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA; 5 Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA; 6 School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK The Last Interglacial Global Mean Sea Level is believed to be 6 to 9 m above the present and might have two distinct maxima. Here, we discuss the possible uctuations and their implications for ice sheet evolution. T he duration and timing of the Last Interglacial (LIG) Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) uctuations are active areas of research, with distinct features of this sea level change increasingly being repro duced in diverse datasets and syntheses (Dutton & Lambeck 2012; Kopp et al. 2009; Thompson et al. 2011). We review and dis cuss these possible changes in LIG GMSL and, in particular, what we may infer from them in terms of changes to continental ice. Implications of the magnitude of the LIG GMSL maximum relative to today Kopp et al. (2009) rst synthesized a data base of local sea level reconstructions for the LIG using statistically rigorous tech niques within the framework of a glacioisostatic adjustment model. They estimat ed that GMSL during the LIG peaked above 6.6 m (95% probability), but was unlikely to have peaked above 9.4 m (33% probability). Figure 1: Simulated LIG minimum Greenland ice sheet thickness showing (A) saddle collapse from Otto-Bliesner et al. (2006) and (B) northern ice sheet retreat from Stone et al. (2013). Ice core locations are also shown: Camp Century [C], Dye-3 [D], NEEM [NE], NGRIP [N], Renland [R] and Summit [S]. Note that the presence of ice at Dye-3 may suggest that the saddle collapse mechanism was less extreme than what is shown in (A) Figure modied from Otto-Bliesner et al. (2006) and Stone et al. (2013). Through an alternative deterministic ap proach, Dutton and Lambeck (2012) found very similar results with a range of 5.5 to 9 m. This puts LIG sea level within the win dow of other Quaternary GMSL maxima ( 10 m around modern sea level; Siddall et al. 2006) but places the LIG GMSL higher than most past interglacial GMSL. The Antarctic ice sheet may have, therefore, retreated considerably during the LIG (by 0.7 to 7.6 m sea level equiva lent), given the modeled estimates of the other contributing factors to sea level vari ations such as ocean thermal expansion and past temperature change (McKay et al. 2011), small glacier and ice cap contribu tion (Radi and Hock 2010) and Greenland retreat reconstructed from ice cores and ice sheet modeling (e.g. Cuey and Marshall 2000; Lhomme et al. 2005; Otto-Bliesner et al. 2006; Robinson et al. 2011; Stone et al. 2013; Tarasov and Peltier 2003). Although the loss of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has been thought of as the most likely candidate, we cannot aord to simply assume that this is the case on the basis of potentially simplistic rst-order as sumptions. For example, mechanisms have been suggested which stabilize the WAIS during ice sheet retreat (Gomez et al. 2010). Even under a collapse scenario, the WAIS would be unlikely to totally disappear, in stead leaving ice on land and reducing the plausible WAIS LIG sea level contribution to 3.3 m, allowing for the eects of glacial isostatic adjustment and changes in the position of the marine margin (Bamber et al. 2009). This leaves open the possibility of a reduced East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) during the LIG of up to 4.3 m. Improved understanding of sub-ice sheet topogra phy points to this possibility (Le Brocq et al. 2010; Pingree et al. 2011) and evidence of ice rafted debris originating from zones within the EAIS has been identied for ear lier periods in the Antarctic ice sheet his tory (Pierce et al. 2011).


37 Implications of the existence of two distinct GMSL maxima during the LIG There is a suggestive similarity between the results of Kopp et al. (2009) and Thompson et al. (2011) in a period during which sea level falls and rises again by several me ters over several thousand years. The uc tuation has an amplitude of 6.5.5 m in the GMSL reconstructions of Kopp et al. (2009) and of the order of 5 m in those of Thompson et al. (2011), in the Bahamas fossil coral terraces (which provide a selfconsistent stratigraphic framework for the uctuation). Evidence of rapid sea level changes during the LIG exists in distinct stratigraphic units, suggesting multiple reef-growth episodes (e.g. Hearty et al. 2007). However, until recently it has proved dicult to resolve the age dierences be tween distinct reef units. Results from con ventional Uranium/Thorium geochronol ogy suggest a long, stable GMSL maximum with only a vague suggestion of any uctu ation (e.g. Stirling et al. 1998). It is certainly worth considering which mechanisms may have driven such uctuations, if they did indeed occur (Dutton and Lambeck 2012). We can rst consider the implications of the uctuation amplitude of the order of 5 m. Given this amplitude, we can rule out the eects of ocean thermal expan sion and the global glacier budget as their respective contributions are too small to drive such a change (McKay et al. 2011; Radi and Hock, 2010). This leaves the ice sheets. We therefore examine what pro cesses could plausibly explain a signal of this amplitude from the ice sheets and di vide these into three classes: Contribution from the Greenland ice sheet Ice sheet modeling focused on the LIG indicates substantial inland reduction of the Greenland ice sheet compared to the present (e.g. Cuey and Marshall 2000; Otto-Bliesner et al. 2006; Robinson et al. 2011). Some of these simulations indicate a change from an ice sheet with two domes joined by a saddle to one ice sheet with two separate domes (e.g. Fig. 1A; OttoBliesner et al. 2006; Robinson et al. 2011) while other simulations indicate a retreat of the ice sheet in northern Greenland (e.g. Fig. 1B; Fyke et al. 2011; Stone et al. 2013). Both of these can be argued to be dynami cally unstable, driven by a positive feed back. Melting of the ice represented by the saddle could, therefore, result in a uc tuation due to a rapid transition between two stable states. However, the amplitude of any saddle collapse would not be large enough to explain a sea level uctuation as large as 5 m. Furthermore, ice sheet models have not shown yet such a rapid transition in ice volume for the LIG perhaps due to missing complex physical processes in the models. Contribution for the West Antarctic ice sheet Changes to the Antarctic ice sheet would presumably occur largely at the margins in regions of sub-marine based ice, such as the WAIS or Wilkes-Aurora regions. Complete collapse of the WAIS to small ice caps in Marie-Byrd Land and Ellsworth Land is in some senses dynamically analogous to a Greenland saddle-collapse. Although this ice provides a good explanation for the high GMSL during the LIG, it is an open question as to whether grounding-line readvance could occur suciently fast to ini tiate the sea level fall. A re-advance of the WAIS may not be an adequate explanation for GMSL fall and rise based on our present understanding. Contribution of both Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets The nal set of explanations refers to the phasing of the ice sheet minima in Greenland and Antarctica. Given the dier ence in the phasing of insolation and the plausible hemispheric asymmetry in me ridional heat transfer between the poles (e.g. Stocker and Johnsen 2003), there is no special reason to assume that the ice sheet minima are coincident. There are many possible combinations of this phasing. Box 1 provides one of the more plausible sce narios. Distinguishing these dierent options is a matter for future research. One key avenue will be dating the timing and duration of the GMSL maxima, because this will help elucidate mechanisms related to Northern and Southern Hemisphere insolation. Another key avenue will be exploiting geo graphic patterns in sea level change, com bined with sedimentary observations near ice sheets, to constrain changes in dierent ice sheet volumes over the LIG. More ob servations to better constrain the magni tude of the sea level oscillation will be criti cal to help discern the potential ice sheets involved. Finally, additional suggestions that GMSL during the LIG peaked more than twice (Rohling et al. 2008; Thompson et al. 2005; Thompson et al. 2011) would require more creative thinking in terms of understanding the mechanisms driving these persistent oscillations. Oppenheimer et al. (2008) dene the concept of "negative learning" in the fol lowing terms: "New technical information may lead to scientic beliefs that diverge over time from the a posteriori right an swer". Whatever the story really is, evidence for high, uctuating GMSL during the LIG must leave us with very open minds re garding ice sheet behavior to avoid the past traps of "negative learning" when it comes to past and future changes in ice sheets. Acknowledgements This discussion largely came out of the PALSEA PAGES workshop held at University of Wisconsin, Madison in June 2012 (this issue, p. 40). We are grateful to Bette Otto-Bliesner for providing the results shown in Fig. 1A. Selected references Full reference list online under: Dutton A, Lambeck K (2012) Science 337: 216-219 Kopp RE et al. (2009) Nature 462: 863-867 Le Brocq AM, Payne AJ, Vieli A (2010) Earth System Science Data 2: 247-260 Oppenheimer M, ONeill BC, Webster M (2008) Climatic Change 89: 155-172 Thompson WG, Curran HA, Wilson MA, White B (2011) Nature Geoscience 4: 684-687 Box 1: One possible scenario for evolu tion of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets during the LIG. The following terms are dened as: GrIS: Greenland Ice Sheet AIS: Antarctic Ice Sheet EAIS: East Antarctic Ice Sheet GMSL: Global Mean Sea Level WAIS: West Antarctic Ice Sheet STAGE 1 The GrIS reaches its mini mum rst and the AIS has partially re treated (for example, the EAIS is reduced compared to today). GMSL reaches its rst peak. STAGE 2 The GrIS begins to regrow and the AIS remains partially retreated. GMSL falls. STAGE 3 The GrIS continues to regrow but the AIS retreats more quickly (for ex ample the WAIS reduces). GMSL rises. STAGE 4 The AIS begins to regrow (now in phase with the GrIS) and the gla cial inception commences. GMSL falls.


38 Paleore workshop Venice, Italy, 21-23 June 2012 NATALIE KEHRWALD 1 C. BARB ANTE 1,2 C. WHITLOCK 3 AND V. BRO VKIN 4 1 Department of Environmental Science, Informatics and Statistics, University of Venice, Italy; 2 Institute for the Dynamics of Environmental Processes, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Venice, Italy; 3 Department of Earth Sciences, Mon tana State University, Montana, USA; 4 Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany F ires are an integral aspect of the Earth System, aecting climate through the release of aerosols and greenhouse gases, altering natural vegetation patterns and land carbon storage, and transforming land use. Charcoal, ice core, and modeling communities have been addressing cli mate and re interactions from dierent perspectives. Each community has histor ically used separate approaches. This dif ference can partly be attributed to proxy availability or the necessity to produce data for various audiences including re control and time-slice climate reconstruc tions. This workshop aimed at facilitating interactions between the three communi ties. The key workshop goals were to: (1) Determine the status of existing data from each group and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each data type, (2) Identify how we can present our data so that each community (charcoal, ice core and modeling) can best use the re sults to further improve understanding of re-related processes, (3) Highlight ways to integrate the data of each group. The charcoal community has com piled the Global Charcoal Database (GCD; html) to create regional reconstructions and analyses of re activity during specic time slices. Charcoal records can oer de tailed local information that is often used to produce re danger indices or to aid in land management. There are extensive charcoal records covering North America, the Mediterranean, and Australia, while other areas such as central Russia and Africa have sparse records, due in part to the lack of lakes with suitable sediments. The growing collaboration among re searchers who study the impacts of re and climate over regional scales will allow for the inclusion of charcoal records from larger lakes, permitting a more detailed understanding of re history, particularly in data-sparse regions. Ice core reconstructions of past re activity complement charcoal studies be cause multiple parameters can be used to distinguish between res from biomass fuel sources and those from fossil fuel emissions. Biomass burning tracers in ice cores with atmospheric residence times ranging from days to weeks include black carbon, elemental carbon, particulate organic carbon, monosaccharide anhy drides such as levoglucosan, organic ac ids, ammonium, nitrate and potassium, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and charcoal. Markers with an atmospheric residence time ranging from months to years tend to be hemispheric to global in scope. These ice core markers include carbon monoxide, 18 O of carbon monox ide, 13 C of methane, and non-methane hydrocarbons. The variety of tracers in ice cores allows the researcher to select mark ers based on a particular research goal, such as the production of high-resolution measurements or the unambiguous de termination of past vegetation res. Such reconstructions are steadily increasing, as new techniques demand smaller sample sizes. However, the multitude of ice core proxies and the novelty of many of these techniques currently create challenges for standardizing records into a compilation similar to the GCD. Fire models are able to simulate rerelated processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Applied to past climates, the current generation of Earth System models is capable of providing regional reconstructions of changes in fuel load and moisture, biomass and burned area, and charcoal deposition. Atmospheric transport models are routinely used to estimate backward trajectories of aerosol particles and trace gases and to identify source and sink regions. Future work in cludes simulating the transport of tropo spheric ozone or tracers such as organic biomarkers and black carbon, as well as a detailed comparison of simulated chang es in burned area with charcoal and ice core proxies. Workshop participants agreed that future research directions should focus on calibration studies for individual proxies, as well as between proxies. The workshop provided an opportunity to begin compil ing and using an array of proxy data and model output to address major research questions in interdisciplinary re science. Reference Daniau A-L et al. (2012) Global Biogeochemical Cycles 26, doi:10.1029/2011GB004249 Figure 1: The Global Charcoal Database core locations (red, Daniau et al. 2012) and ice core sites to bedrock (blue) by geographic region. The numbers are the totals of both proxy records per location. The grid is a schematic rep resentation of the ability of climate models to integrate multiple parameters over wide spatial scales and across areas where proxy data do not exist. Workshop Reports


39 Sea level changes into MIS 5: From observations to predictions NSF Workshop Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 10-14 April 2012 BOGD AN P ONA C 1 J.A. DORALE 2 AND J.J. FORNS 3 1 Department of Geology, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA; 2 Department of Geoscience, University of Iowa, USA; 3 Departament de Cincies de la Terra, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma, Spain S ea level history throughout the Quaternary shows a complex spatial and temporal pattern, and provides a globally averaged record of continen tal ice volume variations (Alley et al. 2005; Lambeck and Chappell 2001). Observations of this variability provide key constraints on the timing and am plitude of the forcing mechanisms that trigger the growth and decay of ice masses. With over a third of the worlds population living near coastlines, un derstanding the history and future im pacts of global sea level change ranks as a top priority in the Earth sciences. As uncertainties are inherent to the methodologies and settings of all sea level reconstructions, there is a continued need for additional, in dependent sources of sea level data that may provide unique insights and crosschecks to the existing framework of former eustatic changes in sea lev el. The coastal caves of Mallorca with their unique speleothem encrustations (Fig. 1) provide one such source of ad ditional sea level data (Tuccimei et al. 2012), which can be used to precisely document the elevation and timing of various sea level stands in the western Mediterranean region with sub-meter resolution (Dorale et al. 2010). The western Mediterranean was chosen as the workshop site so that participants (especially those working with corals, ice, or models) could visit the coastal caves of Mallorca and acquaint them selves with the setting of this promising approaches (Fig. 1). The purpose of the workshop was to bring together an international group of researchers to discuss and promote opportunities for collabora tion on the topics of sea level data ac quisition, calibration, and modeling. The meeting attracted 43 participants from nine countries, including 15 stu dents and early career scientists. The workshop focused on the interpreta tion of sea level changes during marine isotope stage 5 (MIS 5) and the onset of MIS 4. The event was organized into three distinct sections: two days of presenta tions (both oral and poster), two days of field trips, and a half-day round table discussion that concluded the meet ing and explored directions for future research. The first section included 20 oral presentations, of which six were invited keynotes, and nine were post ers. The speakers covered a wide spec trum of problems pertinent to sea level changes, including detailed studies of reef and marine terraces, submerged speleothems, marine notches, marine sediment sequences, phreatic over growth on speleothems, flank margin caves, cave minerals, timing of MIS 5, Quaternary fauna, and advanced sea level modeling studies. Sea level model ing was a major focus of discussion dur ing the round table, which tackled the following topics: (1) ways of reconciling controversial MIS 5a data sets from sea level fields around the world, (2) the use of glacio-hydro-isostasy modeling to address the issue above, (3) chal lenges in addressing past sea level po sitions and how the community should bridge the gap between field observa tion and models, and (4) observational and modeling constraints on sea level rise/fall and ice extent/volume. Finally, the workshop highlighted the interactions among researchers at various stages of their careers, from well-established scientists to junior fac ulty members, with particular emphasis on the participation of post-doctoral, undergraduate, and graduate students. Acknowledgements The Organizing Committee would like to thank the U.S. NSF (OISE project #1022243), the Spanish Government's Ministerio de Economa y Competitividad/FEDER (project CGL2010-18616), PAGES, and USF Libraries for the generous financial and logistic sup port that made the workshop possible. Support by members of the Karst Research Group at the University of South Florida and students at the University of Balearic Islands were greatly appreciated. References Alley RB, Clark PU, Huybrechts P, Joughin I (2005) Science 310: 456460 Dorale JA et al. (2010) Science 327: 860-863 Lambeck K, Chappell J (2001) Science 29: 679-686 Tuccimei P et al. (2012) Quaternary International 262: 56-64 Figure 1: Schematic cross-section through a coastal cave in Mallorca showing multiple levels of phreatic overgrowth on speleothems. Past sea water levels (long dashed lines) left clear encrustation marks on existing speleothems or along the cave walls (shown in yellow). Figure modied after Tuccimei et al. (2012). Workshop Reports


40 Ice sheet climate interactions: Implications for coastal engineering ANDREA DUTTON 1 E .J. STONE 2 AND A. CARLSON 3 1 Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA; 2 School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK; 3 Department of Geoscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA T he 5 th annual PAGES PALSEA Working Group workshop held in June 2012 was dedicated to understanding paleo constraints on future sea level rise. The main focus of this workshop was on ice sheet climate interactions and their impli cations for coastal engineering, although discussions also addressed a broader range of issues such as database eorts (A. Rovere, Columbia University, USA), ongoing challenges for modelers and ob servational scientists, and how and where these issues intersect. The workshop drew 39 participants, with strong international representation, bearing the hallmark of previous PALSEA workshops. A broad range of expertise was represented in cluding climate and ice sheet modeling, glacial-isostatic modeling, and eld-based techniques addressing prior ice sheet ex tent and relative sea level position all the techniques needed to estimate future lo cal sea level rise. The sessions revolved around several themes, largely addressing ice sheet re sponse and ice-climate interactions on a variety of timescales from the early and late Holocene to previous interglacials as well as the Pliocene and the future. In particular, among the variety of topics discussed, there was focus on the quantitative sources of additional water to the last interglacial sea level highstand. New analyses of Greenland Ice Sheet behavior during this time period were presented (Helsen et al. 2011; Stone et al. 2013; A. Quiquet, CNRS, France and D. Dahl-Jensen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark), in addition to a synthesis of Greenland Ice Sheet contributions from the past 20 years that generated in-depth discussion on the likely budget from Greenland and Antarctica. The geometry of the Greenland Ice Sheet during this time period was also discussed with dif ferent methodologies showing similar patterns of substantial loss of ice from the southwest (Fig. 1). Another prominent topic was the deterministic versus stochastic nature of ice sheet response and the concept of ice sheet "weather" (M. Siddall, University of Bristol, UK). This led to a debate on the ability to use hazard analysis tools to as sess the possible ice sheet contribution to sea level over the coming century based on the idea that outlet glaciers of ice sheets may not behave smoothly. Other discussions included assessments of the present (see Figure 1) and future behavior of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets from both a paleo and present model ing perspective (P. Applegate, Stockholm University, Sweden; P. Whitehouse, Durham University, UK; R. DeConto, University of Massachusetts, USA). The mechanism of saddle collapse between ice domes in North America via a simple height-mass-balance feedback was proposed to explain rapid meltwa ter events during the last deglaciation (Gregoire et al. 2012). The applicability of this mechanism to other ice sheets of various sizes during dierent time periods was also discussed. Data-oriented presentations focused on a wide range of questions and tech niques on the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets during the Holocene (J. Anderson, Rice University, USA; R. Hindmarsh, British Antarctic Survey, UK; Anders Carlson) and Pliocene (R. Ackert, Harvard University, USA), featuring summaries of eld data for the 8.2-ka event (Trnqvist and Hijma, 2012) and of late Holocene ice sheet be havior (A. Long, Durham University, UK). In addition to the scientic themes, workshop participants held discussions with Ben Strauss from Climate Central (cli to identify eective and appropriate public communication path ways on issues related to past sea level po sition and future sea level behavior. On behalf of the workshop par ticipants in Madison this year as well as those of previous PALSEA workshops, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Mark Siddall, Bill Thompson (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA), and Claire Waelbroeck (CNRS, France) for their leadership and vision over the past 5 years. PALSEA has been instrumental in bringing together diverse expertise to ad dress common questions in the study of past ice sheet and sea level behavior with the goal of exploring what this knowledge brings to bear on future sea level change. We look forward to the ongoing multiplier eect of this collaboration throughout our community in the years to come, as Anders Carlson, Andrea Dutton, Antony Long and Glenn Milne (University of Ottawa, Canada) assume leadership. Acknowledgements The organizers thank the following organiza tions for their support: PAGES, INQUA, the World Universities Network and the Department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin. References Box JE et al. (2012) The Cryosphere 6: 821-839 Gregoire LJ, Payne AJ Valdes PJ (2012) Nature 487: 219-222 Helsen MM et al. (2011) American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2011 abstract #C53C-0685 Stone E, Lunt DJ, Annan JD, Hargreaves JC (2012) Climate of the Past 9: 621-639 Trnqvist TE, Hijma MP (2012) Nature Geoscience 5: 601-606 2759-2781 Figure 1: Surface mass balance in mm water equiva lent (mm w. eq.) averaged spanning a 12-year period (2000-2011) according to mass accumulation rate simulations. Gray areas indicate the ablation area. Models from the last interglacial period discussed at the workshop identify the southwest region of Greenland as an area of signicant retreat similar to present patterns of areas dominated by ablation versus accumulation. Figure from Box et al. (2012). 5 th PALSEA Workshop Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 6-8 June 2012 Workshop Reports


41 Modes of variability in the climate system: Past-PresentFuture European Science Foundation Conference tztal, Austria, 27 May 1 June 2012 HUBERTUS FISCHER 1 AND ERIC W WOLFF 2 1 Climate and Environmental Physics and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Switzerland; hubertus.scher@ 2 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK A ssessing the ongoing climate warming demands a detailed understanding of global and regional climate variations as well as the capacity to forecast future changes us ing climate models. While greenhouse gas forcing aects climate globally, it is the re gional changes that have a direct impact on individual welfare and societies. Moreover, spatially representative climate modes and teleconnection patterns oer the means to contrast rather coarsely-resolved climate mod els to point-wise paleoclimate data. Accordingly, modes of climate variabil ity and their biogeochemical impact were the subject of this conference. The rst session provided the background on the denition of modes and teleconnection patterns based on observational evidence. Moreover, the physi cal context of atmospheric and oceanic tele connections by advection and wave propaga tion was provided. Session 2 focussed on tropical climate variability. Latest results show that the ENSO impact is not conned to the tropical Pacic but that hydrological changes and wave prop agation transfer energy to other ocean basins. However, representation of ENSO in global cli mate models is still not satisfactory, hampering progress in making predictions. Past monsoon intensity was another discussion point. It ap pears to be highly controlled by the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and concurrent changes in the Intertropical Convergence Zone. Completely dierent boundary conditions for modes of climate variability prevailed during the last glacial, which was the topic of session 3. Model studies show that the topography of ice sheets has a strong control on the tele connection patterns in the North Atlantic and also likely in the Southern Ocean. Moreover the phase relationship between ice sheet re treat, greenhouse gases and ocean circulation shows that climate changes in the Southern Ocean slightly preceded the CO 2 increase over the transition, while increasing CO 2 acceler ated ice sheet loss in the northern hemisphere and led climate changes in the North. Extratropical teleconnection patterns were the subject of session 4. Reconstructions show that the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) also has far-eld connections to adjacent re gions. The discussion showed that eld recon structions are more desirable for NAO analy sis compared to two-point indices. For the Southern Ocean region the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) is the most important telecon nection pattern. Latest results show that both ozone and greenhouse gases can change the location of the southern jet stream and the Southern Ocean westerlies. The lack of a suf cient representation of the stratosphere/tro posphere coupling in many models is a major caveat for the model response of the SAM to climate changes. Session 5 raised the discussion that changes in the ocean circulation modes such as the AMOC and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current can also cause strong changes in inter-hemispheric heat transport and atmo spheric CO 2 levels. During the glacial, proxy evidence shows that a less-ventilated, carbon enriched water mass prevailed in the Southern Ocean extending into the deep North Atlantic as well as into intermediate waters. Changes in both the southern westerly winds and in the AMOC are able to disrupt this water mass, bringing old CO 2 back to the surface. Model studies also show that changes in the AMOC lead to rapid hemispheric responses in climate and the hydrological cycle, which are essential ly synchronous with the shut-o of the AMOC. Changes in the AMOC also have strong impacts on tropical and boreal wetlands and, thus, methane emissions as discussed in ses sion 6. Another inuence of changing modes on biogeochemical cycles is the control of the southern westerly wind belt on dust mobili zation and transport in the Southern Ocean region, which also strongly aects marine bio productivity. Ecological studies show that ex port production can be signicantly enhanced by iron fertilization. However, this is not always the case it depends on complex ecological interaction within the trophic chain and the competition between calcareous and silicious plankton groups. In addition to invited lectures and poster sessions, several interactive discussions were organized to identify the major gaps and stumbling blocks in research on modes and teleconnection patterns and potential solu tions. The conference demonstrated unequiv ocally that transand interdisciplinary research is required to move forward in this eld of strong societal importance. Acknowledgements This Conference was co-sponsored by PAGES, the EPICA Descartes Prize, the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (University of Bern, Switzerland), and the German Research Foundation through the project INTERDYNAMIK (University of Bremen, Germany). Reference England MH (2011) In: Richardson K, Steen W, Liverman D (Eds) Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions Cambridge University Press, 33-35 Figure 1: Schematic diagram showing the major modes of climate variability and how they are likely to change in the future. The high-latitude modes have already undergone signicant change over the past century. Trends in the tropical modes (ENSO, Indian Ocean Dipole IOD) have been detected in the more recent climatological record (from England 2011). Workshop Reports


42 The 4 th PAGES past interglacials workshop POLY CHRONIS C. TZED AKIS 1 J.F MCMANUS 2 D. RAYNAUD 3 D.A. HODELL 4 L.C. SKINNER 4 AND E .W WOLFF 5 1 Department of Geography, University College London, UK; 2 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York, USA; 3 Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Gophysique de lEnvironnement, Grenoble, France; 4 Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK; 5 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK E xamination of the paleoclimate record re veals a large diversity among interglacials in terms of their intensity, duration and inter nal variability, but a general theory account ing for these diering characteristics remains elusive (Tzedakis et al. 2009). This has provid ed the impetus to attempt a comprehensive comparison of interglacials of the last 800 ka BP within the context of a PAGES Working Group on Past Interglacials (PIGS). An initial PIGS workshop held at Bernin, France in October 2008, laid out the themes to be addressed at each of three subsequent workshops. A second workshop, held at the University of the Aegean on the Island of Lesvos, Greece in August 2009, examined intra-interglacial variability and the deglacial onset of interglacials. The third workshop, held at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA in October 2010 focused on the duration of interglacials and the ensuing glacial inception. The fourth workshop, held in Cambridge, UK in July 2012, focused on how well we can explain the di versity of interglacials from the forcing and feedbacks. The meeting brought together 35 scientists from 10 countries (including nine postdoctoral investigators and two PhD stu dents), representing the marine, ice core, ter restrial and modeling communities. The rst theme of the workshop was on interglacial intensities, and more specically, whether the distinction between "cooler" and "warmer" interglacials before and after the socalled Mid-Brunhes Event (MBE) ~430 ka BP, respectively, identied in Antarctic tempera tures, CO 2 concentrations and benthic 18 O records (Jouzel et al. 2007; Lthi et al. 2007; Tzedakis et al. 2009; Fig. 1C-D) was evident in other records. A review of the evidence showed that a preand post-MBE distinction was also observed in deep-water temperature reconstructions (Eldereld et al. 2012), but not in some regional marine and terrestrial re cords, including speleothems, faunal and o ral temperature reconstructions and lake sedi ment records (Fig. 1A-B). This raises questions about the global signicance of the MBE and the extent to which Antarctic temperatures are representative of global temperatures during the pre-MBE interglacials. The second theme of the workshop re volved around the duration of interglacials. More specically, it examined the sequence of climatic events at glacial terminations and in ceptions and considered whether any emerg ing patterns could be identied. This was fol lowed by a discussion of whether dierences in the duration of interglacials can provide insights into climate forcings and feedbacks that are relevant to the onset and end of inter glacials. It was proposed that the broad dura tion of interglacials may be determined by the phasing of precession and obliquity and the history of insolation, rather than the instanta neous forcing strength at inception (Tzedakis et al. 2012). The third theme considered whether models are capable of explaining the diver sity of interglacials, and what they imply in terms of rules and processes. Finally, intergla cials were placed within the wider context of glacial-interglacial cycles and the extent to which these are deterministic was debated. The meeting ended with a session sum marizing the discussions and planning a community paper that will develop the ma jor themes considered over the course of the project. To this end, a writing-workshop, in volving a focus group is taking place in March 2013. Selected references Full reference list online under: Eldereld H et al. (2012) Science 337: 704-709 Jouzel J et al. (2007) Science 317: 793-796 Lthi D et al. (2008) Nature 453: 379-382 Tzedakis PC et al. (2009) Nature Geoscience 2: 751-755 Tzedakis PC et al. (2012) Climate of the Past 8: 1473 Figure 1: Dierences in interglacial intensities in relation to the Mid-Brunhes Event (MBE; ~430 ka BP). A) Percent biogenic silica in composite sequence BDP-96 from Lake Baikal, SE Siberia (Prokopenko et al. 2006); (B) Planktonic 18 O record from ODP Site 983, North Atlantic (Channell et al. 1998; Channell and Kleiven 2000); (C) Atmospheric CO 2 concentration in Antarctic ice cores (Lthi et al. 2008); (D) D composition of ice in the EDC ice core (Jouzel et al. 2007); (E) Mg/Ca deep-water temperatures from ODP site 1123 on the Chatham Rise, SW Pacic (Eldereld et al. 2012). Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK, 2-5 July 2012 Workshop Reports


43 Sea ice in the paleoclimate system ANNE DE VERNAL 1 E .W WOLFF 2 AND R. GERSONDE 3 1 GEOTOP, Universit du Qubec Montral, Canada; 2 British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK; 3 Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany S ea ice is a complex parameter that is dif cult to reconstruct from indirect obser vations. While climate scientists often refer to sea ice as a purely physical parameter, geo scientists reconstruct past sea ice assuming it plays a role in the biogeochemistry of seawa ter, and thus on primary productivity and tro phic structure of the planktonic populations (e.g. Meier et al. 2011). Moreover, whereas climatologists and modelers examine sea ice at hemispheric scale, geoscientists make re constructions from coring sites where smallscale processes may obscure larger-scale sea ice behavior relevant to the climate system. Nevertheless, geoscientists have unique tools to contribute to the understanding of long-term sea ice dynamics by provid ing pictures of past sea ice states. This is the overarching objective of the PAGES Sea Ice Proxies (SIP) working group, which was cre ated in 2011. To achieve the objective of document ing sea ice in the paleoclimate system with the best possible coverage and accuracy, an assessment of each proxy and the develop ment of multi-proxy approaches are both necessary. During the rst workshop, scien tists with physical, chemical, and biological backgrounds met to assess the reliability and use of sea ice indicators recovered in marine sediments and ice cores, and the robustness of calibration with instrumental data. The geographical and temporal ranges of ap plication of the dierent proxies were also considered. Sea ice proxies include chemical tracers in ice cores such as methanesulfonic acid and sea salt, which relate to regional circum-icecap sea ice extent (Rthlisberger and Abram 2009). Most sea ice proxies, however, consist of biogenic remains recovered from marine sediment such as diatoms, foraminifers, os tracods and dinocysts, as well as the IP25 biomarker (a C25 mono-unsaturated hy drocarbon). Because productivity in sea ice environments mostly occurs close to the ice edge in spring and summer, most biogenic proxies relate to the occurrence of seasonal sea ice. It is more dicult to quantify the sea sonality of the ice extent, although diatom and dinocyst assemblages yield information about the yearly extent of the sea ice cover in the Southern Hemisphere (e.g. Crosta et al. 2004) and Northern Hemisphere (e.g. de Vernal et al. 2008), respectively. IP25 and related biomarker indices oer great prom ise for reconstruction of sea ice (e.g. Belt et al. 2007; Mller et al. 2011), but large-scale calibrations are still needed and the avail able data suggest primarily regional relation ships. Another diculty is the identication of multiyear ice because of the extremely low productivity of such environments. However, the occurrence of an ostracod species, parasitic of amphipods living in perennial sea ice environments, may lead to inferences about multiyear ice (Cronin et al. 2010). The shell of Neoquoboquadrina pachyderma, which is the only planktonic foraminifer spe cies found in sea ice environments, may yield an isotopic signature providing clues on sea ice production rates (Hillaire-Marcel and de Vernal 2008). Each sea ice proxy has limitations and uncertainties. Diatoms have allowed circumAntarctic sea-ice extent reconstructions, but limitations remain where the signal is aect ed by opal dissolution. Other uncertainties come from the relationship to sea ice that is often indirect, as in the case of dinocyst, fora minifer and ostracod assemblages. In addi tion, taxonomical heterogeneity of popula tions in space may be related to endemism or to the development of genotypes having dierent ecological anities, which make each biogenic proxy applicable mostly at a regional scale. Hence the Arctic-subarctic and circum-Antarctic have to be considered as distinct sea ice ecosystems with very dierent biogenic characteristics. Reconstructing past sea ice is a chal lenge, which has to be addressed based on proxies oering complementary local to re gional information on sea ice occurrence. The SIP Working Group will publish a special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews entitled Sea ice in the paleoclimate system: modeling challenges and status of proxies in 2013. The next step is to combine results with their respective uncertainties for multi proxy data integration and hemispheric scale sea ice reconstructions of Holocene and Last Glacial Maximum time slices. This will be the focus of the July 2013 rendezvous of the SIP Working Groupin Cambridge, UK. References Belt ST et al. (2007) Organic Geochemistry 38: 16-27 Cronin TM et al. (2010) Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 3415-3429 Crosta X, Sturm A, Armand L, Pichon JJ (2004) Marine Micropaleontolology 50: 209-223 de Vernal A et al. (2008) In: E. Weaver (Ed) Arctic Sea ice Decline: Observations, Projections, Mechanisms, and Implications, AGU Monograph Series 180: 27-45 Rthlisberger R and Abram N (2009) PAGES news 17(1): 24-26 Figure 1: Sea ice edge as a productive environment (photograph from the Southern Ocean and provided by Claire Allen, British Antarctic Survey, UK). 1 st Sea Ice Proxies (SIP) Working Group workshop, Montral, Canada, 7-9 March 2012 Workshop Reports


44 Impressum PAGES International Project Oce Zhringerstrasse 25 3012 Bern Switzerland Tel.: +41 31 631 56 11 Fax: +41 31 631 56 06 Editors: Series Editors: Lucien von Gunten and Thorsten Kiefer Guest Editors: Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Emilie Capron and Emma Stone Text Editing: Saadia Iqbal Layout: Emilie Capron, Emma Stone and Lucien von Gunten Cover image: Antarctic iceberg. Image by Emilie Capron Hardcopy circulation: 2300 ISSN 1811-1602 Printed on recycled paper by Lderach AG Bern, Switzerland The PAGES International Project Oce and its publications are supported by the Swiss and US National Science Foundations and NOAA. 2013 Contents Announcements Inside PAGES 2 Special Section: Investigating past interglacials: An integrative approach Editorial: Past4Future learning from interglacials 2 Past4Future: Behind the Scenes: Past4Future stakeholder survey 4 H. Thing Lifting the veil on speleothem sampling 5 S. Verheyden and D. Genty Drilling a deep ice core at the NEEM site (Greenland) 6 J.P. Steensen Sampling marine sediment 8 R. Gersonde and M.-S. Seidenkrantz Insights into paleoclimate modeling 10 E. J. Stone, P. Bakker, S. Charbit, S.P. Ritz and V. Varma Science Highlights: Using marine sediment archives to reconstruct past outlet glacier variability 12 C.S. Andresen, F. Straneo, M.H. Ribergaard, A.A. Bjrk, A. Kuijpers and K.H. Kjr Data assimilation to estimate the consistency between proxies and model results 14 A. Mairesse and H. Goosse Increasing re activity in a warming climate? 16 N. Kehrwald, P. Zennaro and C. Barbante Antarctic interglacial climate and changes in ice sheet topography 18 V. Masson-Delmotte, E. Capron, H. Goosse, K. Pol, M. Siddall, L. Sime, S. Bradley and B. Stenni Land biosphere dynamics during the present and the last interglacials 20 T. Brcher and V. Brovkin Reconstruction of the last interglacial period from the NEEM ice core 22 D. Dahl-Jensen, P. Gogineni and J.W.C. White Speleothem records over the last interglacial 24 D. Genty, S. Verheyden and K. Wainer Dating and synchronizing paleoclimatic records over the last interglacial 26 E. Capron, A. Landais, P.C. Tzedakis, E. Bard, T. Blunier, D. Dahl-Jensen, T. Dokken, R. Gersonde, F. Parrenin, M. Schulz, B. Vinther and C. Waelbroeck Sea surface temperature controls on water isotopes in Greenland ice cores 28 L.C. Sime, V. Masson-Delmotte, C. Risi and J. Sjolte Reconstruction of past sea ice extent 30 R. Gersonde and A. de Vernal A climate model inter-comparison of last interglacial peak warmth 32 E. J. Stone, P. Bakker, S. Charbit, S.P. Ritz and V. Varma Continuous in-eld measurements of gas concentration from ice cores 34 T. Blunier, J. Chappellaz and E. Brook Sea level variations during the last interglacial 36 M. Siddall, R.C.A. Hindmarsh, W.G. Thompson, A. Dutton, R.E. Kopp and E.J. Stone Workshop Reports: Paleore workshop 38 Sea level changes into MIS 5: From observations to predictions 39 Ice sheet climate interactions: Implications for coastal engineering 40 Modes of variability in the climate system: Past-Present-Future 41 The 4 th PAGES past interglacials workshop 42 Sea ice in the paleoclimate system 43

PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports research aimed at
understanding the Earth's past environment in order to make
predictions for the future. We encourage international and
interdisciplinary collaborations and seek to promote the
involvement of scientists from developing countries in the
global paleo-community discourse.
PAGES scope of interest includes the physical climate
system, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem processes,
biodiversity, and human dimensions, on different time
scales Pleistocene, Holocene, last millennium and the
recent past.
Founded in 1991, PAGES is a core project of the
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and is
funded by the U.S. and Swiss National Science Foundations,
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
It is overseen by a Scientific Steering Committee (SSC)
comprised of members chosen to be representative of the
major techniques, disciplines and geographic regions that
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