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Modern warming trend can’t be found’ in new climate study

November 4, 2013

For the first time a long temperature reconstruction on the basis of stable carbon isotopes in tree rings has been achieved for the eastern Mediterranean. An exactly dated time series of almost 900 year length was established, exhibiting the medieval warm period, the little ice age between the 16th and 19th century as well as the transition into the modern warm phase,however, the modern warming trend cannot be found in the new chronology.

The twentieth century warming trend found elsewhere could not be identified in the proxy record, nor was it found in the corresponding meteorological data used for the study.

It seems that especially temperature reconstructions derived from extreme sites such as high mountain zones and high latitudes do not always correctly reflect the climate of the different geographical regions. The past temperature variations in the lowlands of central Europe and in the Mediterranean are not well understood yet.

Lewis P, Modern warming trend can’t be found’ in new climate study, The Register, 30th September 2013. Article.

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