On the 1470-year pacing of Dansgaard-Oeschger warm events
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2002
Copyright 2002 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 4-1–4-9, May 2002
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On the 1470-year pacing of Dansgaard-Oeschger warm events, Paleoceanography, 17(2), doi:10.1029/2000PA000571, 2002.,
- Issue published online: 1 MAY 2002
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 SEP 2001
- Manuscript Revised: 15 AUG 2001
- Manuscript Received: 31 JUL 2000
- late Pleistocene climate;
- Dansgaard-Oeschger events;
 The oxygen isotope record from the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) ice core was reanalyzed in the frequency and time domains. The prominent 1470-year spectral peak, which has been associated with the occurrence of Dansgaard-Oeschger interstadial events, is solely caused by Dansgaard-Oeschger events 5, 6, and 7. This result emphasizes the nonstationary character of the oxygen isotope time series. Nevertheless, a fundamental pacing period of ∼1470 years seems to control the timing of the onset of the Dansgaard-Oeschger events. A trapezoidal time series model is introduced which provides a template for the pacing of the Dansgaard-Oeschger events. Statistical analysis indicates only a ≤3% probability that the number of matches between observed and template-derived onsets of Dansgaard-Oeschger events between 13 and 46 kyr B.P. resulted by chance. During this interval the spacing of the Dansgaard-Oeschger onsets varied by ±20% around the fundamental 1470-year period and multiples thereof. The pacing seems unaffected by variations in the strength of North Atlantic Deep Water formation, suggesting that the thermohaline circulation was not the primary controlling factor of the pacing period.