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Looking back to the future

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Firmly establishing Earth's surface temperatures during a sustained episode of global warming in the Pliocene will help 'ground truth' projections of future climate based on computer simulations using global climate models.

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Figure 1: Comparison between palaeoclimate proxy and climate model reconstructions of sea surface temperature for the warm Pliocene, 3.3 to 3 million years ago, as reported in Dowsett et al.4.

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Naish, T., Zwartz, D. Looking back to the future. Nature Clim Change 2, 317–318 (2012) doi:10.1038/nclimate1504

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