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Press Release 10-115
Stirring It Up: North Pacific Circulation Was Radically Changed by Past Post-Glacial Warming

Study provides insights into major climate swings

Photo of the Pacific ocean.

During past post-glacial warming, the Pacific moderated climate.
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July 9, 2010

View a video interview (clip 1, clip 2, clip 3) with Dr. Axel Timmermann of the University of Hawaii.

A study in the July 9, 2010, issue of Science identifies changes in oceanic circulation that followed past glacial retreat. The article, titled, "Deep Water Formation in the North Pacific during the Last Glacial Termination" is by Axel Timmermann of the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, and his colleagues.

In a video interview, Timmermann summarizes the results of this study, its implications for our understanding of past changes in oceanic circulation, and how the circulation of the North Pacific moderated climate change during glacial retreat. Timmermann says that helping to unlock the mysteries of this period of glacial retreat "helps us understand what drives glacial and interglacial cycles."

The Science study is also discussed in a press release from the University of Hawaii.

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Media Contacts
Gisela Speidel, University of Hawaii, (808) 956-9252, gspeidel@hawaii.edu
Lily Whiteman, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8310, lwhitema@nsf.gov

Program Contacts
David Verardo, National Science Foundation, (703) 292-8527, dverardo@nsf.gov

Co-Investigators
Axel Timmermann, University of Hawaii, (808) 956-2720, axel@hawaii.edu

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Dr. Timmermann explains the Pacific Ocean's effect on climate during past post-glacial warming.
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Summary of study results
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Dr. Timmermann explains questions raised by his research about future warming.
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The future
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Dr. Timmermann explains the importance of this topic.
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Importance of this topic
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Cover of the July 9, 2010 issue of Science.
This research is detailed in the July 9, 2010 issue of Science.
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