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Title: Palaeo-sea-level and palaeo-ice-sheet databases: problems, strategies, and perspectives
Authors: Düsterhus, André
Rovere, Alessio
Carlson, Anders E.
Horton, Benjamin Peter
Klemann, Volker
Tarasov, Lev
Barlow, Natasha L. M.
Bradwell, Tom
Clark, Jorie
Dutton, Andrea
Gehrels, W. Roland
Hibbert, Fiona D.
Hijma, Marc P.
Khan, Nicole
Kopp, Robert E.
Sivan, Dorit
Törnqvist, Torbjörn E.
Keywords: Sea Level
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Düsterhus, A., Rovere, A., Carlson, A. E., Horton, B. P., Klemann, V., Tarasov, L., Barlow, N. L. M., et al. (2016). Palaeo-sea-level and palaeo-ice-sheet databases: problems, strategies, and perspectives. Climate of the Past, 12(4), 911-921. doi:10.5194/cp-12-911-2016
Series/Report no.: Climate of the Past
Abstract: Sea-level and ice-sheet databases have driven numerous advances in understanding the Earth system. We describe the challenges and offer best strategies that can be adopted to build self-consistent and standardised databases of geological and geochemical information used to archive palaeo-sea-levels and palaeo-ice-sheets. There are three phases in the development of a database:measurement, interpretation, and database creation.Measurement should include the objective description of the position and age of a sample, description of associated geological features, and quantification of uncertainties. Interpretation of the sample may have a subjective component, but it should always include uncertainties and alternative or contrasting interpretations, with any exclusion of existing interpretations requiring a full justification. During the creation of a database, an approach based on accessibility, transparency, trust, availability, continuity, completeness, and communication of content (ATTAC3) must be adopted. It is essential to consider the community that creates and benefits from a database. We conclude that funding agencies should not only consider the creation of original data in specific research-question-oriented projects, but also include the possibility of using part of the funding for IT-related and database creation tasks, which are essential to guarantee accessibility and maintenance of the collected data.
ISSN: 1814-9324
DOI: 10.5194/cp-12-911-2016
Rights: © 2016 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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