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Climate of the Past An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
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Co-editors-in-chief: Laurie Menviel, Denis-Didier Rousseau, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz & Eric Wolff

Climate of the Past (CP) is a not-for-profit international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications, and review papers on the climate history of the Earth. CP covers all temporal scales of climate change and variability, from geological time through to multidecadal studies of the last century. Studies focusing mainly on present and future climate are not within scope.

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18 Dec 2019 The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Copernicus Publications agree on a central billing of article processing charges

The Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) will now provide a publication fund for their corresponding authors publishing in Copernicus' open-access journals.

18 Dec 2019 The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Copernicus Publications agree on a central billing of article processing charges

The Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC) will now provide a publication fund for their corresponding authors publishing in Copernicus' open-access journals.

02 Sep 2019 Helmholtz institutional agreement now for corresponding authors

As of 1 September 2019 the direct settlement of article processing charges (APCs) between the Helmholtz Association and Copernicus Publications will be valid for corresponding authors.

02 Sep 2019 Helmholtz institutional agreement now for corresponding authors

As of 1 September 2019 the direct settlement of article processing charges (APCs) between the Helmholtz Association and Copernicus Publications will be valid for corresponding authors.

29 Aug 2019 Press Release: Burgundy wine grapes tell climate story, show warming accelerated in past 30 years

A newly published series of dates of grape harvest covering the past 664 years is the latest line of evidence confirming how unusual the climate of the past 30 years has been. The record shows wine grapes in Burgundy, eastern France, have been picked 13 days earlier on average since 1988 than they were in the previous six centuries, pointing to the region's hotter and drier climate in recent years. The results are now published in Climate of the Past.

29 Aug 2019 Press Release: Burgundy wine grapes tell climate story, show warming accelerated in past 30 years

A newly published series of dates of grape harvest covering the past 664 years is the latest line of evidence confirming how unusual the climate of the past 30 years has been. The record shows wine grapes in Burgundy, eastern France, have been picked 13 days earlier on average since 1988 than they were in the previous six centuries, pointing to the region's hotter and drier climate in recent years. The results are now published in Climate of the Past.

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06 Apr 2020
A new multivariable benchmark for Last Glacial Maximum climate simulations
Sean F. Cleator, Sandy P. Harrison, Nancy K. Nichols, I. Colin Prentice, and Ian Roulstone
Clim. Past, 16, 699–712, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-699-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-699-2020, 2020
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06 Apr 2020
“Everything is scorched by the burning sun”: missionary perspectives and experiences of 19th- and early 20th-century droughts in semi-arid central Namibia
Stefan Grab and Tizian Zumthurm
Clim. Past, 16, 679–697, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-679-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-679-2020, 2020
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06 Apr 2020
Bipolar volcanic synchronization of abrupt climate change in Greenland and Antarctic ice cores during the last glacial period
Anders Svensson, Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Jørgen Peder Steffensen, Thomas Blunier, Sune O. Rasmussen, Bo M. Vinther, Paul Vallelonga, Emilie Capron, Vasileios Gkinis, Eliza Cook, Helle Astrid Kjær, Raimund Muscheler, Sepp Kipfstuhl, Frank Wilhelms, Thomas F. Stocker, Hubertus Fischer, Florian Adolphi, Tobias Erhardt, Michael Sigl, Amaelle Landais, Frédéric Parrenin, Christo Buizert, Joseph R. McConnell, Mirko Severi, Robert Mulvaney, and Matthias Bigler
Clim. Past Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2020-41,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2020-41, 2020
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06 Apr 2020
Documentary evidence of droughts in Sweden between the Middle Ages and c1800
Dag Retsö and Lotta Leijonhufvud
Clim. Past Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2020-25,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2020-25, 2020
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06 Apr 2020
Rapid waxing and waning of Beringian ice sheet reconcile glacial climate records from around North Pacific
Zhongshi Zhang, Qing Yan, Ran Zhang, Florence Colleoni, Gilles Ramstein, Gaowen Dai, Martin Jakobsson, Matt O'Regan, Stefan Liess, Denis-Didier Rousseau, Naiqing Wu, Elizabeth J. Farmer, Camille Contoux, Chuncheng Guo, Ning Tan, and Zhengtang Guo
Clim. Past Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2020-38,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2020-38, 2020
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30 Mar 2020
Terrestrial methane emissions from the Last Glacial Maximum to the preindustrial period
Thomas Kleinen, Uwe Mikolajewicz, and Victor Brovkin
Clim. Past, 16, 575–595, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-575-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-575-2020, 2020
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07 Feb 2020
Modal shift in North Atlantic seasonality during the last deglaciation
Geert-Jan A. Brummer, Brett Metcalfe, Wouter Feldmeijer, Maarten A. Prins, Jasmijn van 't Hoff, and Gerald M. Ganssen
Clim. Past, 16, 265–282, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-265-2020,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-16-265-2020, 2020
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19 Dec 2019
Two types of North American droughts related to different atmospheric circulation patterns
Angela-Maria Burgdorf, Stefan Brönnimann, and Jörg Franke
Clim. Past, 15, 2053–2065, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-2053-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-2053-2019, 2019
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28 Nov 2019
Can we use sea surface temperature and productivity proxy records to reconstruct Ekman upwelling?
Anson Cheung, Baylor Fox-Kemper, and Timothy Herbert
Clim. Past, 15, 1985–1998, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1985-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1985-2019, 2019
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24 Oct 2019
Effects of land use and anthropogenic aerosol emissions in the Roman Empire
Anina Gilgen, Stiig Wilkenskjeld, Jed O. Kaplan, Thomas Kühn, and Ulrike Lohmann
Clim. Past, 15, 1885–1911, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1885-2019,https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-15-1885-2019, 2019
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