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On a Plausible Physical Mechanism Linking the Maunder Minimum to the Little Ice Age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 July 2016


Elizabeth Nesme-Ribes
Affiliation:
CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon-Cedex, France
Andre Mangeney
Affiliation:
CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon-Cedex, France

Abstract

To understand better the Earth's climate, we need to know precisely how much radiation the Sun generates. We present here a simple physical mechanism describing the convective processes at the time of low sunspot activity. According to this model, the kinetic energy increased during the Maunder Minimum, causing a decrease of the solar radiation that was sufficient to produce a little Ice Age.


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