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Data Set ID:
NSIDC-0539

Abrupt Change in Atmospheric CO2 During the Last Ice Age, Version 1

During the last glacial period atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperature in Antarctica varied in a similar fashion on millennial time scales, but previous work indicates that these changes were gradual. In a detailed analysis of one event, we now find that approximately half of the CO2 increase that occurred during the 1500 year cold period between Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) Events 8 and 9 happened rapidly, over less than two centuries. This rise in CO2 was synchronous with, or slightly later than, a rapid increase of Antarctic temperature inferred from stable isotopes.

Geographic Coverage

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Spatial Coverage:
  • N: -81.66, S: -81.66, E: -148.82, W: -148.82

  • N: -80.01, S: -80.01, E: -119.83, W: -119.83

Spatial Resolution: Not Specified
Temporal Coverage:
  • 1 January 2009 to 31 December 2012
Temporal Resolution: Not specified
Parameter(s):
  • Ice Core Records > Carbon Dioxide
  • Ice Core Records > Methane
Platform(s) GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS, LABORATORY
Sensor(s): CO2 ANALYZERS, GAS CHROMATOGRAPHS
Data Format(s):
  • Microsoft Excel
Version: V1
Data Contributor(s): Edward Brook, Jinho Ahn

Data Citation

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Brook, E. J. and J. Ahn. 2013. Abrupt Change in Atmospheric CO2 During the Last Ice Age, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Boulder, Colorado USA. NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5F47M23. [Date Accessed].
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