The ‘Little Ice Age’ hundreds of years ago is STILL cooling the bottom of Pacific, researchers find
- The Little Ice Age brought colder-than-average temps around the 17th century
- Researchers say temperatures in deep Pacific lag behind those at the surface
- As a result, parts of the deep Pacific is now cooling from long ago Little Ice Age
The Medieval Warm Period was a period lasting between the 9th and 12th centuries during which Earth’s climate leaned on the warmer side.
It was followed not long after by the Little Ice Age, which lasted from the 16th through 19th century, though some argue it began even earlier.
According to researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Harvard University, this long-ago cooling period could still be showing its face in the temperatures of the deep ocean.
Full Article is at the Daily Mail HERE.
Is this a valid science? What do you think the LIA can still be cooling the Pacific? Your thoughts?
I have to agree with this theory. It is pretty common knowledge now that CO2 increases come about 800 years after a warming period. This exactly what happened when our last ice-age melted. If it takes 800 years for CO2 to rise when warming then I can most certainly understand that it would take about this long for the Pacific Ocean to cool too. What we should probably see though in the near future is that CO2 will probably drop slightly after the oceans begin to really cool :-).
I am following this site for some time, but why is there so little attention to the pdo index that clearly explains the warming and cooling periods ?
Thanks for the link, a very interesting web site. I will spend some time reading the details. I firmly believe that the Pacific Ocean has a significant influence on our climate.