Europe’s recent summers were the ‚warmest in 2,000 years‘

010216The article in BBC News, Science & Environment, is referring to a fresh published study in Environmental Research Letters of IOPScience. 45 researchers from 13 different countries were involved in this study, among them scientists of our department „Paleoclimatology and Statistics„.

The scientists found out some unexpected results on regarding a period of the last 2100 years, for example that past natural variability in temperatures was greater than previously thought. Recent summers have been unusually warm in the context of the last two millennia and there are no 30 year periods in either reconstruction that exceed the mean average European summer temperature of the last 3 decades (1986–2015 CE). As a result, climate models may be underestimating the frequency and severity of heat waves in the future.

==> complete article of BBC News, Science & Environment

J. Luterbacher, J. P. Werner, J. E. Smerdon, L. Fernández-Donado, F. J. González-Rouco, D. Barriopedro, F. C. Ljungqvist, U. Büntgen, E. Zorita, S. Wagner, et al.: European summer temperatures since Roman times.  Environmental Research Letters, Volume 11, Number 2

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