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Seawater density reconstruction of intermediate waters along the European continental margin
Rüggeberg, A.; Flögel, S.; Raddatz, J.; Dullo, C. (2014). Seawater density reconstruction of intermediate waters along the European continental margin, in: Van Rooij, D. et al. (Ed.) Book of Abstracts. 2nd Deep-Water Circulation Congress: The Contourite Log-book. Ghent, Belgium, 10-12 September 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 69: pp. 109-110
In: Van Rooij, D.; Rüggeberg, A. (Ed.) (2014). Book of Abstracts. 2nd Deep-Water Circulation Congress: The Contourite Log-book. Ghent, Belgium, 10-12 September 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 69. Ghent University, Department of Geology and Soil Science/Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ): Oostende. xviii, 152 pp., more
In: VLIZ Special Publication. Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ): Oostende. ISSN 1377-0950, more

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Keywords
    Environmental control; Marine
Author keywords
    Cold-water coral reefs; Carbonate mounds; Seawater density.

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  • Rüggeberg, A., more
  • Flögel, S.
  • Raddatz, J.
  • Dullo, C.

Abstract
    The reconstruction of past ocean seawater densities can be helpful to understand benthic hydrodynamics and ecological processes important for ecosystems such as the cold-water coral (CWC) reefs along the European continental margin. DFG-project INWADE (Cold-Water Coral Mound Development Related to INtermediate WAter DEnsity Gradient) concentrates on the observation that the density of seawater is an important environmental factor for the Northeast Atlantic coral reefs. For three transects at 37°N, 51°N and 65°N across the European continental slope, the Recent distribution of temperature, salinity and seawater density is compared to modelled distribution during the Last Glacial Maximum. Geochemically reconstructed temperature and seawater density data from benthic foraminifera in sediment cores validate the modelled data (or vice versa) and raise the possibility to reconstruct seawater densities for the Pleistocene period.

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