Glacial Climate Instability

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Science  08 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5498, pp. 1905-1907
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5498.1905

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Throughout the last glacial period, rapid climatic changes called Dansgaard-Oeschger (D-O) events occurred in the Northern Hemisphere. As Labeyrie discusses in his Perspective, these events are ideal targets for testing our understanding of climate change and developing climatic change models. Important steps toward understanding D-O events, particularly regarding the role of the low latitudes, are now reported by Hughen et al. and Peterson et al.