A database of Holocene temperature records for north‐eastern North America and the north‐western Atlantic

van Bellen, Simon; de Vernal, Anne; To, Anna; Ouellet‐Bernier, Marie‐Michèle et Roy, Natasha (2020). « A database of Holocene temperature records for north‐eastern North America and the north‐western Atlantic ». Geoscience Data Journal.

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Centennial-to-millennial temperature records of the past provide a context for the interpretation of current and future changes in climate. Quaternary climates have been relatively well studied in north-east North America and the adjacent Atlantic Ocean over the last decades, and new research methods have been developed to improve reconstructions. We present newly inferred reconstructions of sea surface temperature for the north-western Atlantic region, together with a compilation of published temperature records. The database thus comprises a total of 86 records from both marine and terrestrial sites, including lakes, peatlands, ice and tree rings, each covering at least part of the Holocene. For each record, we present details on seasons covered, chronologies and information on radiocarbon dates and analytical time steps. The 86 records contain a total of 154 reconstructions of temperature and temperature-related variables. Main proxies include pollen and dinocysts, while summer was the season for which the highest number of reconstructions were available. Many records covered most of the Holocene, but many dinocyst records did not extend to the surface, due to sediment mixing, and dendroclimate records were limited to the last millennium. The database allows for the exploration of linkages between sea ice and climate and may be used in conjunction with other palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironmental records, such as wildfire records and peatland dynamics. This inventory may also aid the identification of gaps in the geographic distribution of past temperature records thus guiding future research efforts.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: climate, Canada, paleo, dinocyst, proxy
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département des sciences de la Terre et de l'atmosphère
Déposé par: Mr Simon Van Bellen
Date de dépôt: 01 mai 2020 08:54
Dernière modification: 01 mai 2020 08:54
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/13348


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