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dc.contributor.author Boch, R.
dc.contributor.author Cheng, Hai
dc.contributor.author Spötl, C.
dc.contributor.author Edwards, R. Lawrence
dc.contributor.author Wang, X.
dc.contributor.author Häuselmann, Ph
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-25T07:21:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-25T07:21:58Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.issued 2012-09-25
dc.identifier.citation Boch, R., Cheng, H., Spötl, C., Edwards, R. L., Wang, X., & Häuselmann, Ph. (2011). NALPS : a precisely dated European climate record 120–60 ka. Climate of the past, 7(4), 1247-1259.
dc.identifier.issn 1814-9332
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10220/8636
dc.description.abstract Accurate and precise chronologies are essential in understanding the rapid and recurrent climate variations of the Last Glacial – known as Dansgaard-Oeschger (D-O) events – found in the Greenland ice cores and other climate archives. The existing chronological uncertainties during the Last Glacial, however, are still large. Radiometric age data and stable isotopic signals from speleothems are promising to improve the absolute chronology. We present a record of several precisely dated stalagmites from caves located at the northern rim of the Alps (NALPS), a region that favours comparison with the climate in Greenland. The record covers most of the interval from 120 to 60 ka at an average temporal resolution of 2 to 22 yr and 2σ-age uncertainties of ca. 200 to 500 yr. The rapid and large oxygen isotope shifts of 1 to 4.5‰ occurred within decades to centuries and strongly mimic the Greenland D-O pattern. Compared to the updated Greenland ice-core timescale (GICC05modelext) the NALPS record confirms the timing of rapid warming and cooling transitions between 118 and 106 ka, but suggests younger ages for D-O events between 106 and 60 ka. As an exception, the timing of the rapid transitions into and out of the stadial following GI 22 is earlier in NALPS than in the Greenland ice-core timescale. In addition, there is a discrepancy in the duration of this stadial between the ice-core and the stalagmite chronology (ca. 2900 vs. 3650 yr). The short-lived D-O events 18 and 18.1 are not recorded in NALPS, provoking questions with regard to the nature and the regional expression of these events. NALPS resolves recurrent short-lived climate changes within the cold Greenland stadial and warm interstadial successions, i.e. abrupt warming events preceding GI 21 and 23 (precursor-type events) and at the end of GI 21 and 25 (rebound-type events), as well as intermittent cooling events during GI 22 and 24. Such superimposed events have not yet been documented outside Greenland.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Climate of the past
dc.rights © 2011 Author(s). This paper was published in Climate of the Past and is made available as an electronic reprint (preprint) with permission of European Geosciences Union. (EGU). The paper can be found at the following official URL: [http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-7-1247-2011].  One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic or multiple reproduction, distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.
dc.subject DRNTU::Science::Geology::Volcanoes and earthquakes
dc.title NALPS : a precisely dated European climate record 120–60 ka
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/cp-7-1247-2011
dc.description.version Published version

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