Maximum rates of climate change are systematically underestimated in the geological record

Journal article


Publication Details

Author(s): Kießling W, Kemp DB, Eichenseer K, Kiessling W
Journal: Nature Communications
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 6
Journal issue: No. 8890
Pages range: (6 Seiten)
ISSN: 2041-1723


Abstract


Recently observed rates of environmental change are typically much higher than those inferred for the geological past. At the same time, the magnitudes of ancient changes were often substantially greater than those established in recent history. The most pertinent disparity, however, between recent and geological rates is the timespan over which the rates are measured, which typically differ by several orders of magnitude. Here we show that rates of marked temperature changes inferred from proxy data in Earth history scale with measurement timespan as an approximate power law across nearly six orders of magnitude (102 to >107 years). This scaling reveals how climate signals measured in the geological record alias transient variability, even during the most pronounced climatic perturbations of the Phanerozoic. Our findings indicate that the true attainable pace of climate change on timescales of greatest societal relevance is underestimated in geological archives.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt


External institutions
Open University (OU)


How to cite

APA:
Kießling, W., Kemp, D.B., Eichenseer, K., & Kiessling, W. (2015). Maximum rates of climate change are systematically underestimated in the geological record. Nature Communications, 6(No. 8890), (6 Seiten). https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms9890

MLA:
Kießling, Wolfgang, et al. "Maximum rates of climate change are systematically underestimated in the geological record." Nature Communications 6.No. 8890 (2015): (6 Seiten).

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