EGU General Assembly 2020
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Speleothem record of enhanced hydroclimate during MIS15a in Northeast Greenland

Gina Moseley, R. Lawrence Edwards, Christoph Spötl, and Hai Cheng
Gina Moseley et al.
  • Institute of Geology, Univeristy of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

The Arctic region is predicted to be one of the most sensitive areas of the world to future anthropogenically-forced climate change, the consequences of which will affect vast numbers of people worldwide, for instance through changes to mid-latitude weather systems and rising eustatic sea levels. Recent changes in temperature and precipitation, and those projected for the future, indicate that some of the greatest changes will occur in Northeast Greenland. Essential knowledge on the climate history of this region, which can be used to validate models and understand forcing mechanisms and teleconnections, is however absent. Here, we present a speleothem palaeoclimate record for Northeast Greenland (80 °N) that formed during Marine Isotopes Stage 15a  between 588 ka to 537 ka. The record indicates that at that time, Northeast Greenland was warmer and wetter than at present associated with a reduction in Arctic sea ice, thawing of permafrost in eastern Siberia (55 °N and 60 °N), and elevated warm conditions at Lake El’gygytgyn (67.5 °N), Russia.

How to cite: Moseley, G., Edwards, R. L., Spötl, C., and Cheng, H.: Speleothem record of enhanced hydroclimate during MIS15a in Northeast Greenland, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-22391,, 2020

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