Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 13, 879–884, 2022
Earth Syst. Dynam., 13, 879–884, 2022
Research article
10 May 2022
Research article | 10 May 2022

Inarticulate past: similarity properties of the ice–climate system and their implications for paleo-record attribution

Mikhail Y. Verbitsky

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Short summary
Reconstruction and explanation of past climate evolution using proxy records is the essence of paleoclimatology. In this study, we use dimensional analysis of a dynamical model on orbital timescales to recognize theoretical limits of such forensic inquiries. Specifically, we demonstrate that major past events could have been produced by physically dissimilar processes making the task of paleo-record attribution to a particular phenomenon fundamentally difficult if not impossible.
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