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Relationship between sea level and climate forcing by CO2 on geological timescales

Foster, Gavin; Rohling, Eelco


On 103- to 106-year timescales, global sea level is determined largely by the volume of ice stored on land, which in turn largely reflects the thermal state of the Earth system. Here we use observations from five well-studied time slices covering the last 40 My to identify a well-defined and clearly sigmoidal relationship between atmospheric CO2 and sea level on geological (near-equilibrium) timescales. This strongly supports the dominant role of CO2 in determining Earth's climate on these...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1216073110/-/DCSupplemental
Access Rights: Open Access


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