|How to reconstruct trends of late Holocene relative sea level: A new approach using tidal flat clastic sediments and optical dating|Mauz, B.; Bungenstock, F. (2007). How to reconstruct trends of late Holocene relative sea level: A new approach using tidal flat clastic sediments and optical dating. Mar. Geol. 237(3-4): 225-237. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.margeo.2006.12.001
In: Marine Geology. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0025-3227, more
sea-level curve; late Holocene; methodology; optical dating;
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Assessment of ongoing relative sea level rise in NW-Europe for individual tidal basins is wanted and, consequently, a variety of methods must be available for investigations under different local conditions. The methodology presented in this paper is based on OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) dating of tidal flat sedimentary records. It uses a conceptual model that assumes that tidal flat elastic sediments record small changes in sea level trend. These changes are in NW-Europe superimposed on the general rising 21 trend of the near-field sea level during the late Holocene (last similar to 3 500 years). The dating approach can be complemented by Pb-210-dating for the most recent period (last similar to 100 years). This combination has the potential to bridge between contrasting short-term and long-term data about sea level change.
The paper describes the model for sedimentation and the dating technique. The accuracy of the method is assessed at a test site on the East Frisian coast (North Sea, German Bight), for which independent sea level data achieved by archaeological and biostratigraphical means were available.