Evidence for active El Niño Southern Oscillation variability in the Late Miocene greenhouse climate

Simone Galeotti, Anna von der Heydt, Matthew Huber, David Bice, Henk Dijkstra, Tom Jilbert, Luca Lanci, Gert Jan Reichart

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Abstract

An evaporite varve thickness record from the Late Miocene Mediterranean reveals significant signals of interannual variability, the frequency and persistence of which are compared with climatic oscillations affecting the region today. Sustained variability in the 2-7 yr band resembles the modern spectrum of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and contrasts with that of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the cyclicity of which is less stationary in frequency and less sustained in duration. Fully coupled climate model simulations demonstrate not only that ENSO variability persisted during the Late Miocene, but also that its teleconnections may have extended further than today, as high-latitude climate modes weakened due to a reduced meridional temperature gradient. ENSO appears to have exerted a stronger influence on the evaporative balance of the Mediterranean in the Late Miocene than it does today. This evidence suggests that the Pacific prior to the Northern Hemisphere glaciation was characterized by ongoing interannual variability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

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Galeotti, S., von der Heydt, A., Huber, M., Bice, D., Dijkstra, H., Jilbert, T., ... Reichart, G. J. (2010). Evidence for active El Niño Southern Oscillation variability in the Late Miocene greenhouse climate. Geology, 38(5), 419-422. https://doi.org/10.1130/G30629.1
Galeotti, Simone ; von der Heydt, Anna ; Huber, Matthew ; Bice, David ; Dijkstra, Henk ; Jilbert, Tom ; Lanci, Luca ; Reichart, Gert Jan. / Evidence for active El Niño Southern Oscillation variability in the Late Miocene greenhouse climate. In: Geology. 2010 ; Vol. 38, No. 5. pp. 419-422.
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Evidence for active El Niño Southern Oscillation variability in the Late Miocene greenhouse climate. / Galeotti, Simone; von der Heydt, Anna; Huber, Matthew; Bice, David; Dijkstra, Henk; Jilbert, Tom; Lanci, Luca; Reichart, Gert Jan.

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