25 Nov 2021

25 Nov 2021

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World Atlas of late Quaternary Foraminiferal Oxygen and Carbon Isotope Ratios

Stefan Mulitza1, Torsten Bickert1, Helen C. Bostock2, Cristiano M. Chiessi3, Barbara Donner1, Aline Govin4, Naomi Harada5, Enqing Huang6, Heather Johnstone1, Henning Kuhnert1, Michael Langner1, Frank Lamy7, Lester Lembke-Jene7, Lorraine Lisiecki8, Jean Lynch-Stieglitz9, Lars Max1, Mahyar Mohtadi1, Gesine Mollenhauer7, Juan Muglia10, Dirk Nürnberg11, André Paul1, Carsten Rühlemann12, Janne Repschläger13, Rajeev Saraswat14, Andreas Schmittner15, Elisabeth L. Sikes16, Robert F. Spielhagen11, and Ralf Tiedemann7 Stefan Mulitza et al.
  • 1MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany
  • 2School of Earth and Environmental Science, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 3School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 4LSCE-IPSL (CEA-CNRS-UVSQ), Paris-Saclay University, 91190, Gif-sur Yvette, France
  • 5Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, 2‑15, Natsushima, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, 237‑0061, Japan
  • 6State Key Laboratory of Marine Geology, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
  • 7Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 8Department of Earth Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
  • 9School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 10Centro para el Estudio de los Sistemas Marinos, CONICET, 2915 Boulevard Brown, U9120ACD, Puerto Madryn, Argentina
  • 11GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Wischhofstr. 1-3, Geb. 4, 24148, Kiel, Germany
  • 12Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Stilleweg 2, 30655 Hannover, Germany
  • 13Department of Climate Geochemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Hahn Meitner Weg 1, 55128 Mainz, Germany
  • 14Micropaleontology Laboratory, Geological Oceanography Division, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India
  • 15College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA
  • 16Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Abstract. We present a global atlas of downcore foraminiferal oxygen and carbon isotope ratios available at (Mulitza et al., 2021). The database contains 2,108 published and previously unpublished stable isotope downcore records with 362,067 stable isotope values of various planktonic and benthic species of foraminifera from 1,265 sediment cores. Age constraints are provided by 6,153 uncalibrated radiocarbon ages from 598 (47 %) of the cores. Each stable isotope and radiocarbon series is provided in a separate netCDF file containing fundamental meta data as attributes. The data set can be managed and explored with the free software tool PaleoDataView. The atlas will provide important data for paleoceanographic analyses and compilations, site surveys, or for teaching marine stratigraphy. The database can be updated with new records as they are generated, providing a live ongoing resource into the future.

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World Atlas of late Quaternary Foraminiferal Oxygen and Carbon Isotope Ratios 2021 (WA_Foraminiferal_Isotopes_2021) Mulitza, Stefan; Bickert, Torsten; Bostock, Helen C.; Chiessi, Cristiano Mazur; Donner, Barbara; Govin, Aline; Harada, Naomi; Huang, Enqing; Johnstone, Heather J. H.; Kuhnert, Henning; Langner, Michael; Lamy, Frank; Lembke-Jene, Lester; Lisiecki, Lorraine E.; Lynch-Stieglitz, Jean; Max, Lars; Mohtadi, Mahyar; Mollenhauer, Gesine; Muglia, Juan; Nürnberg, Dirk; Paul, André; Rühlemann, Carsten; Repschläger, Janne; Saraswat, Rajeev; Schmittner, Andreas; Sikes, Elisabeth L.; Spielhagen, Robert F.; Tiedemann, Ralf

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Stable isotope ratios of foraminiferal shells from deep-sea sediments preserve key information on the variability of ocean circulation and ice volume. We present the first global atlas of harmonized raw downcore oxygen and carbon isotope ratios of various planktonic and benthic foraminiferal species. The atlas is a foundation for the analyses of the history of Earth System components, for finding future coring sites and for teaching marine stratigraphy and paleoceanography.