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CR 83:57-59 (2021)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01636

OPINION PIECE
The future of paleoclimate

Jan Esper1,2,*, Ulf Büntgen2,3,4,5

1Department of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University, 55099 Mainz, Germany
2Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CzechGlobe), 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic
3Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, CB2 3EN Cambridge, UK
4Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic
5Swiss Federal Research Institute (WSL), 8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
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ABSTRACT: Our understanding of natural climate variability rapidly declines over the Common Era (CE) as the pre-instrumental temperature amplitude differs substantially among large-scale reconstructions. Highlighting such differences and emphasizing paleoclimatic findings is crucial for placing anthropogenic climate change in a long-term context. We argue that more proxy records are needed to accurately reconstruct first millennium CE temperature variability and value regional studies producing such data.


KEY WORDS: Temperature reconstruction · Tree rings · Multi-proxy · IPCC · Northern Hemisphere


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Cite this article as: Esper J, Büntgen U (2021) The future of paleoclimate. Clim Res 83:57-59. https://doi.org/10.3354/cr01636

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