Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods

A. Dutton, A. E. Carlson, A. J. Long, G. A. Milne, P. U. Clark, R. DeConto, B. P. Horton, S. Rahmstorf, M. E. Raymo

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Abstract

Interdisciplinary studies of geologic archives have ushered in a new era of deciphering magnitudes, rates, and sources of sea-level rise from polar ice-sheet loss during past warm periods. Accounting for glacial isostatic processes helps to reconcile spatial variability in peak sea level during marine isotope stages 5e and 11, when the global mean reached 6 to 9 meters and 6 to 13 meters higher than present, respectively. Dynamic topography introduces large uncertainties on longer time scales, precluding robust sea-level estimates for intervals such as the Pliocene. Present climate is warming to a level associated with significant polar ice-sheet loss in the past. Here, we outline advances and challenges involved in constraining ice-sheet sensitivity to climate change with use of paleo-sea level records.

LanguageEnglish
Article numberaaa4019
Number of pages10
JournalScience
Volume349
Issue number6244
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2015

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Dutton, A., Carlson, A. E., Long, A. J., Milne, G. A., Clark, P. U., DeConto, R., ... Raymo, M. E. (2015). Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods. Science, 349(6244), [aaa4019]. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaa4019
Dutton, A. ; Carlson, A. E. ; Long, A. J. ; Milne, G. A. ; Clark, P. U. ; DeConto, R. ; Horton, B. P. ; Rahmstorf, S. ; Raymo, M. E. / Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods. In: Science. 2015 ; Vol. 349, No. 6244.
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Dutton, A, Carlson, AE, Long, AJ, Milne, GA, Clark, PU, DeConto, R, Horton, BP, Rahmstorf, S & Raymo, ME 2015, 'Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods', Science, vol. 349, no. 6244, aaa4019. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaa4019

Sea-level rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods. / Dutton, A.; Carlson, A. E.; Long, A. J.; Milne, G. A.; Clark, P. U.; DeConto, R.; Horton, B. P.; Rahmstorf, S.; Raymo, M. E.

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