Late Quaternary temperature changes seen in world-wide continental heat flow measurements
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1997 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 24, Issue 15, pages 1947–1950, 1 August 1997
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUN 1997
- Manuscript Received: 22 APR 1997
Analysis of more than six thousand continental heat flow measurements as a function of depth has yielded a reconstruction of a global average ground surface temperature history over the last 20,000 years. The early to mid-Holocene appears as a relatively long warm interval some 0.2–0.6 K above present-day temperatures, the culmination of the warming that followed the end of the last glaciation. Temperatures were also warmer than present 500–1,000 years ago, but then cooled to a minimum some 0.2–0.7 K below present about 200 years ago. Although temperature variations in this type of reconstruction are highly smoothed, the results clearly resemble the broad outlines of late Quaternary climate changes suggested by proxies.