The “8.2ka event” was the most prominent climatic event occurring in the early Holocene, and has been evident in numerous proxy records. A salinity anomaly in the North Atlantic caused by the outflow of two Laurentide glacial lakes is thought to be a trigger for the event, transferring its effects globally through oceanic and atmospheric redistribution of energy. It has been widely suggested that the event induced environmental responses globally, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, but the magnitude, spatial expression and mechanisms of this response are not well understood. Global climate proxy records derived from published literature are collated and compared here to assess the varying nature of recorded environmental change at and around 8.2ka, which may be a response to the event. Response in the North Atlantic region appears to be of higher magnitude than in the tropics, and its duration is bracketed within better-constrained dates. It is suggested that the lack of evidence in some records may arise because they do not have sufficient resolution to show record a short-lived event.
Below we summarise recorded environmental change globally at or around the time of the "8.2ka event" in Greenland ice cores. Click on an area of the world for more detailed information on proxy records and associated references showing climatic fluctuations at or around 8.2ka BP.