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Historical February Sea-Surface Temperature Estimates Utilising Diatom Transfer Functions with Core MD88-787

The purpose of this study was to estimate past sea-surface temperature in the Southeast Indian Ocean. The accumulation of diatom microplankton assemblages in sediments being the proxy for these records of climatic change.

A transfer function is a mathematical method that allows quantitative estimations of environmental parameters from past biogenic sedimentation. In this study, a diatom transfer function was established to relate biological species to selected environmental parameter of the ocean (sea-surface temp). These equations were then employed on observed fossil species from core samples to provide quantitative estimates of sea-surface temperature.

Estimates of sea-surface temperature are given here based on the assemblages of diatoms found in core MD88-787. The information provided gives the extrapolated age-scale through the core, and two estimates of feb SST based on different diatom transfer functions (DTF 109/24/6 and DTF 166/34/4).

It is probable that the 'real' SST signal lies between the model estimates. The model diagnostics and lower number of non-analogue events from DTF 109/24/6 over that of results produced by DTF 166/34/4 suggest that SST estimates are closer to those provided by the former model.

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Field Value
Title Historical February Sea-Surface Temperature Estimates Utilising Diatom Transfer Functions with Core MD88-787
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia
Data Status inactive
Update Frequency notPlanned
Landing Page http://data.gov.au/dataset/634d8042-e835-44f7-8805-bcd2a65f5716
Date Published 2017-06-24
Date Updated 2017-06-24
Contact Point
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
leanne.armand@mq.edu.au
Geospatial Coverage {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[145.0, -56.5], [145.5, -56.5], [145.5, -56.0], [145.0, -56.0], [145.0, -56.5]]]}
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal Australian Oceans Data Network CSW Harvester
Publisher/Agency Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University
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