Arctic Holocene temperatures and Greenland ice sheet

A study of ice cores from the Agassiz ice cap on Ellesmere Island, Canada indicates that regional temperatures were 4-5 °C higher at the end of the last ice age compared with previous estimates, and that rates of temperature change during the industrial era are unprecedented over the past approximately 12,000 years; modeling results also indicate the estimated thinning of the Greenland ice sheet in response to the intense warming, providing insight into how the ice sheet might respond to future warming in this region.

Article #16-16287: “High Arctic Holocene temperature record from the Agassiz ice cap: Implications for Greenland ice sheet evolution,” by Benoit S. Lecavalier et al.