Mg/Ca Paleothermometry.

Nürnberg, Dirk (2016) Mg/Ca Paleothermometry. In: Encyclopedia of Marine Geosciences. , ed. by Harff, J., Meschede, M., Petersen, Sven and Thiede, Jörn. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 499-501. ISBN 978-94-007-6239-4 DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_98-2.

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Abstract

Mg/Ca paleothermometry. Geochemical proxy used in paleoceanography to reconstruct past temperatures of the ocean surface.

Reliable sea surface temperature (SST) estimates are crucial to the reconstruction and modeling of past climate change. Reconstructions of the thermal state of the ocean, in turn, may help to assess the significance of instrumentally observed climate variability and may validate global circulation models used to predict future climate change. Most promising in this respect is the Mg/Ca paleothermometry, which is based on the temperature dependence of the substitution of magnesium into biogenic calcite. It has long been known that tropical calcitic shells of marine organisms are generally more enriched in magnesium than subpolar shells (e.g., Savin and Douglas, 1973). But in particular for the important group of foraminifera (marine protozoa), a well-defined and species-specific calibration of the shell Mg/Ca ratio on ocean temperature was missing until the ...

Document Type: Book chapter
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Keywords: Mg/Ca Paleothermometry, Paleothermometry, Mg, Ca
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-P-OZ Paleo-Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1007/978-94-007-6644-0_98-2
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2016 07:26
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2018 12:47
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/33858

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