Understanding Quaternary Climate Change

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The Quaternary period has been dominated by regular climate changes on a range of timescales. The cyclical waxing and waning of continental ice sheets are the dominant feature of this period and these have been shown to be driven by regular changes in components of the Earth's orbital parameters. Longer- and shorter-term climate events are also common and represent the response of the climate system to a wide range of forcing factors. An understanding of Quaternary climate change has been shown to be important for understanding the role of humans in the warming that has occurred over the 20th/21st century
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science
Subtitle of host publicationReference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2023

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