Friday, 29 January 2016

Climate Change - The last 22,000 years of global temperature change



This graph shows how temperatures have changed over the last 11,000 years, since the end of the last glacial stage.


The graph uses data from modern temperature records, plus information about the past from a research paper that combined data from over 70 different scientific studies.

The next graph adds data from even further back in time:


The green part covers the time as the last glacial stage was coming to an end, and the great ice sheets were melting.

The last glacial stage ended about 10,000 years ago. 

Then, for nearly 5,000 years, global temperature was surprisingly stable

In the next 5,000 years, up to about 1800, global temperature declined by about 0.7 deg.C.

There were some variations in that slow decline:


From 1800 until 2000, temperature rose by about 0.8 deg.C, according to the World Meteorological Organisation.




This chart shows annual average global temperatures from 1950-2015 using data from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)


No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.