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April 16, 2014, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: Extreme Global Warming: Examples from the Past

Professor Mark Pagani
Yale University

Earth’s climate 50 million years ago was the warmest time of the Cenozoic and characterized by expansive high-latitude warmth and low meridional temperature gradients. Starting at about 55 million years ago, a series of rapid and extreme carbon-induced global warming events, known as hyperthermals, are evident.  This presentation will explore what is known of the largest of these hyperthermals—the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum —which is considered an analog for future increases in atmospheric CO2. An evaluation of triggers, carbon sources, and implications for climate sensitivity will be discussed.

U.S. Department of Energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory managed by Princeton University.

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