Palaeoenvironmental evidence for solar forcing of Holocence climate: linkages to solar science

Frank M. Chambers, Michael I. Ogle, Jeffrey J. Blackford

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Current concern over 'greenhouse' warming and possible human influence upon global climate has been countered by claims that recent advances in solar theory demonstrate a greater role than previously thought for solar forcing in recent climate change. This is still disputed for this cenrury, but new evidence from a range of palaeoenvironmental indicators lends strong support to the notion that not only the long-term (105 to 103 years) climate changes of the Pleistocene but also short-term (10' to 102 years) climate changes in the Holocene may derive in large or small part from solar variability. Evidence from recent research into proxy climate records is reviewed and set in the context of recent advances elsewhere in studies of late Quaternary palaeoenvironments and in solar science.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-204
Number of pages24
JournalProgress in Physical Geography
Issue number2
Early online date1 Jun 1999
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999


  • 14C record
  • Climate change
  • Cosmic ray flux
  • Holocene
  • Palaeociimate
  • Proxy climate indicators
  • Solar cycle
  • Solar forcing
  • Solar variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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