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Stable isotopes and trace elements

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The stable isotopic and trace element compositions of coral skeletons provide a wealth of information about past environmental conditions in reef settings. Interpretation of existing proxies continues to be refined, while the development of new proxies is shedding light on a range of environmental parameters. As the number of stable isotopic and trace element records grows, it is becoming increasingly important to view coral records in spatial networks to enhance the climatic interpretations that can be drawn from them. An important aspect of this involves archiving the geochemical data (and appropriate metadata) derived from corals. We refer readers to the NOAA Climatic Data Center Paleoclimatology website (http:// www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/corals.html), which is the premier data archive for scientists interested in understanding natural climate variability and future climate change.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Gagan, M. K., & Abram, N. J. (2011). Stable isotopes and trace elements. In Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series Vol. Part 2 (pp. 1034-1043). doi:10.1007/978-90-481-2639-2_27

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052086065

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1034

End Page


  • 1043

Volume


  • Part 2

Abstract


  • The stable isotopic and trace element compositions of coral skeletons provide a wealth of information about past environmental conditions in reef settings. Interpretation of existing proxies continues to be refined, while the development of new proxies is shedding light on a range of environmental parameters. As the number of stable isotopic and trace element records grows, it is becoming increasingly important to view coral records in spatial networks to enhance the climatic interpretations that can be drawn from them. An important aspect of this involves archiving the geochemical data (and appropriate metadata) derived from corals. We refer readers to the NOAA Climatic Data Center Paleoclimatology website (http:// www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/corals.html), which is the premier data archive for scientists interested in understanding natural climate variability and future climate change.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Gagan, M. K., & Abram, N. J. (2011). Stable isotopes and trace elements. In Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series Vol. Part 2 (pp. 1034-1043). doi:10.1007/978-90-481-2639-2_27

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052086065

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 1034

End Page


  • 1043

Volume


  • Part 2