Arctic Environment Research Center

Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core

The North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling (NEEM) project has successfully reconstructed the climate and ice sheet elevation during the Eemian interglacial (130.000 to 115.000 years ago). The climate in North Greenland was about 8 degrees Celsius warmer than at present, which led to extensive surface melt as was observed in July 2012. Despite the strong warming during the Eemian, the surface in the vicinity of NEEM was only a few hundred metres lower than its present level. The results have been published in Nature on January 24, 2013.