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30 Sep 2020

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A multiproxy database of western North American Holocene paleoclimate records

Cody C. Routson1, Darrell S. Kaufman1, Nicholas P. McKay1, Michael P. Erb1, Stéphanie H. Arcusa1, Kendrick J. Brown2,3, Matthew E. Kirby4, Jeremiah P. Marsicek5, R. Scott Anderson1, Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno6, Jessica R. Rodysill7, Matthew S. Lachniet8, Sherilyn C. Fritz9, Joseph R. Bennet10, Michelle F. Goman11, Sarah E. Metcalfe12, Jennifer M. Galloway13, Gerrit Schoups14, David B. Wahl15, Jesse L. Morris16, Francisca Staines-Urias17, Andria Dawson18, Bryan N. Shuman19, and Daniel G. Gavin20 Cody C. Routson et al.
  • 1Northern Arizona University, School or Earth and Sustainability, Box 4099 Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA
  • 2Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Victoria, BC V8Z 1M5, Canada
  • 3University of British Columbia, Okanagan. Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Canada
  • 4Cal-State Fullerton, Department of Geological Sciences, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 98324, USA
  • 5University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Geoscience, 1215 W. Dayton St. Madison, WI 53706, USA
  • 6Universidad de Granada, Spain, Departamento de Estratigrafía y Paleontología, Avda. Fuentenueva S/N, Granada 18002, Spain
  • 7United States Geological Survey, Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr. MS926A, Reston, VA, 20192, USA
  • 8University of Nevada Las Vegas, Department of Geoscience, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV, 89154, USA
  • 9University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Lincoln, 68588-0340, USA
  • 10Carleton University, Department of Biology, 1125 Col By Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6, Canada
  • 11Sonoma State University, Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning, 1801 E.Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA, 94928, USA
  • 12University of Nottingham, School of Geography, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RD, UK
  • 13Geological Survey of Canada/Commission gÈologique du Canada, 3303 33rd St. NW, Calgary, AB, T2L 2A7, Canada
  • 14Delft University of Technology, Water Resources Management, PO Box 5048, Delft, 2600 GA, the Netherlands
  • 15United States Geological Survey, GMEG Science Center, 345 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, CA, 94025, USA
  • 16University of Utah, Department of Geography, 260 Central Campus Dr #4625, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA
  • 17Geological Survey of Denmark and GreenlandóGEUS, Department of Marine Geology, Oester Voldgade 10, Copenhagen K, 1350, Denmark
  • 18Mount Royal University, Department of General Education, 4825 Mt Royal Gate SW, Calgary, T3E6K6, Canada
  • 19University of Wyoming, Geology and Geophysics, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, Wyoming, 82071, USA
  • 20University of Oregon, Department of Geography, 1251 University of Oregon, Eugene OR, 97403, USA

Abstract. Holocene climate reconstructions are useful for understanding the diverse features and spatial heterogeneity of past and future climate change. Here we present a database of western North American Holocene paleoclimate records. The database gathers paleoclimate time series from 209 terrestrial and marine sites, including 382 individual proxy records. The records span at least 4000 of the last 12 000 years (median duration = 10 603 years), and have been screened for resolution, chronologic control, and climate sensitivity. Records were included that reflect temperature, hydroclimate, or circulation features. The database is shared in the machine readable Linked Paleo Data (LiPD) format and includes geochronologic data for generating site-level time-uncertain ensembles. This publicly accessible and curated collection of proxy paleoclimate records will have wide research applications, including, for example, investigations of the primary features of ocean-atmospheric circulation along the eastern margin of the North Pacific and the latitudinal response of climate to orbital changes. The database is available for download at: (Routson and McKay, 2020).

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We present a curated database of western North American Holocene paleoclimate records, which have been screened on length, resolution, and geochronology. The database gathers paleoclimate time series that reflect temperature, hydroclimate, or circulation features from terrestrial and marine sites, spanning a region from Mexico to Alaska. This publicly accessible collection will facilitate a broad range of paleoclimate inquiry.
We present a curated database of western North American Holocene paleoclimate records, which...