IMIS | Flanders Marine Institute
 

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

IMIS

Publications | Institutes | Persons | Datasets | Projects | Maps
[ report an error in this record ]basket (0): add | show Printer-friendly version

Reconstruction of oceanic circulation using mineralogical and isotopical (Nd/Pb) signatures of deep sea sediments: the case study of the northern North Atlantic and some perspectives for the Arctic
Fagel, N. (2009). Reconstruction of oceanic circulation using mineralogical and isotopical (Nd/Pb) signatures of deep sea sediments: the case study of the northern North Atlantic and some perspectives for the Arctic, in: Nihoul, J.C.J. et al. (Ed.) Influence of climate change on the changing Arctic and Sub-Arctic conditions. Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Influence of Climate Change on the Changing Arctic, Liège, Belgium, 8-10 May 2008. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: C. Environmental Security, : pp. 109-123. dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9460-6_9
In: Nihoul, J.C.J.; Kostianoy, A.G. (Ed.) (2009). Influence of climate change on the changing Arctic and Sub-Arctic conditions. Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Influence of Climate Change on the Changing Arctic, Liège, Belgium, 8-10 May 2008. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: C. Environmental Security. Springer: Dordrecht. ISBN 978-1-4020-9460 -6. xii, 232 pp., more
In: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series: C. Environmental Security. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 1874-6519, more
Peer reviewed article  

Available in Author 
    VLIZ: Open Repository 258355 [ OMA ]
Document type: Conference paper

Keyword
    Marine

Author  Top 

Abstract
    This work aims to reconstruct the evolution of deep ocean circulation patterns in the North Atlantic during the last 10-100 kyr using abiotic proxies. Nd and Pb isotopic ratios have been measured on the clay-sized fraction of two sediment cores drilled in the Labrador Sea off southern Greenland (MD99-2227, ODP646). At present this site is under the influence of the Western Boundary Undercurrent that drives the water masses involved in the fort-nation of the North Atlantic Deep Water. Based on an identification of regional sources areas sedimentary isotopic signatures allow to determine the origin of the particles driven by the North Atlantic deep Currents: any change in the sediment supplies reflects a relative change in the contribution of the deep water masses. Our isotopic dataset emphasizes several main changes in the relative contribution of the two major components of North Atlantic Deep Water, i.e. the North East Atlantic Deep water (NEADW) and the Denmark Strait Overflow Water (DSOW) throughout the last 12 kyr, and especially during the Late Holocene. The inception of the modem deep circulation seems to be quite recent, occurring during the last 3 kyr. Over glacial/interglacial time-scale deep current variability is less pronounced and/or partly masked by variable proximal supplies. Labrador Sea results emphasize that the application of mineralogical and isotopical tools on sediments allow to monitor variability in sedimentary supplies driven by deep currents. This indirect approach is further promising to identify deep currents pathways and reconstruct past circulation.

All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Author