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Model-data comparison of Antarctic winter sea-ice extent and Southern Ocean sea-surface temperatures during Marine Isotope Stage 5e
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  • Matthew Chadwick,
  • Louise C Sime,
  • Claire S Allen,
  • M- Vittoria Guarino
Matthew Chadwick
Cornwall Insight

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Louise C Sime
British Antarctic Survey
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Claire S Allen
British Antarctic Survey
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M- Vittoria Guarino
International Centre for Theoretical Physics
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Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5e (130-116 ka) represents a ‘process analogue’ for future anthropogenic warming. Climate model simulations for MIS 5e have previously failed to produce Southern Ocean sea-surface temperatures (SST) and sea-ice extent reconstructed from marine sediment core proxy records. Here we compare state of the art HadGEM3 and HadCM3 simulations of Peak MIS 5e Southern Ocean summer SST and September sea-ice concentrations with the latest marine sediment core proxy data. The model outputs and proxy records show the least consistency in the regions located near the present-day Southern Ocean gyre boundaries, implying that model simulations are currently unable to fully realise changes in gyre extent and position during MIS 5e. Including Heinrich 11 meltwater forcing in Peak MIS 5e climate simulations improves the likeness to proxy data but it is clear that longer (3-4 ka) run times are required to fully test the consistency between models and data.