Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Data description paper
10 Dec 2020
Data description paper |  | 10 Dec 2020

A global mean sea surface temperature dataset for the Last Interglacial (129–116 ka) and contribution of thermal expansion to sea level change

Chris S. M. Turney, Richard T. Jones, Nicholas P. McKay, Erik van Sebille, Zoë A. Thomas, Claus-Dieter Hillenbrand, and Christopher J. Fogwill

Data sets

A global reconstruction of sea-surface temperatures for the Last Interglacial (129-116 kyr). C. S. M. Turney, R. Jones, N. McKay, E. Van Sebille, Z. Thomas, C.-D. Hillenbrand, and C. Fogwill

Global ocean Last Interglacial sea surface temperatures C. S. M. Turney, R. T. Jones, N. P. McKay, E. Van Sebille, Z. A. Thomas, C.-D. Hillenbrand, and C. Fogwill

Short summary
The Last Interglacial (129–116 ka) experienced global temperatures and sea levels higher than today. The direct contribution of warmer conditions to global sea level (thermosteric) are uncertain. We report a global network of sea surface temperatures. We find mean global annual temperature anomalies of 0.2 ± 0.1˚C and an early maximum peak of 0.9 ± 0.1˚C. Our reconstruction suggests warmer waters contributed on average 0.08 ± 0.1 m and a peak contribution of 0.39 ± 0.1 m to global sea level.