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Sha, Longbin; Jiang, Hui; Seidenkrantz, Marit-Solveig; Knudsen, Karen Luise (2012): Diatom biostratigraphy and sea ice concentration reconstruction from core DA06-139G, Vaigat Strait in Disko Bugt, West Greenland. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Sha, Longbin; Jiang, Hui; Seidenkrantz, Marit-Solveig; Knudsen, Karen Luise; Olsen, Jesper; Kuijpers, Antoon; Liu, Y (2014): A diatom-based sea-ice reconstruction for the Vaigat Strait (Disko Bugt, West Greenland) over the last 5000yr. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 403, 66-79,

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A diatom-based sea-ice concentration (SIC) transfer function is developed using 72 surface samples from west of Greenland and around Iceland, and through comparison with the associated modern SIC. Canonical correspondence analysis on surface sediment diatoms and monthly average of SIC reveals that April SIC is the most important environmental factor controlling the distribution of diatoms in the area, and permits the development of a diatom-based SIC transfer function.
The consistency between reconstructed SIC based on diatoms from West Greenland and the instrumental and documentary data during the last ~75 years demonstrates that the diatom-based SIC reconstruction is reliable for studying the palaeoceanography off West Greenland. Relatively warm conditions with strong influence of the Irminger Current (IC) are indicated for the early part of the record (~5000-3860 cal. yr BP), corresponding in time to the latest part of the Holocene Thermal Maximum. The April SIC oscillated around the mean value between 3860 and 1510 cal. yr BP and was above mean afterwards, particularly during the time interval 1510-1120 cal. yr BP and after 650 cal. yr BP, indicating more extensive sea-ice cover in Disko Bugt. A high degree of consistency between the reconstructed April SIC and changes in the diatom species suggests that the sea-ice condition in Disko Bugt is strongly influenced by variations in the relative strength of two components of the West Greenland Current, i.e. the cold East Greenland Current and the relatively warm IC.
Latitude: 70.000000 * Longitude: -52.000000
Date/Time Start: 2006-01-01T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2006-01-01T00:00:00
DA06-139G * Latitude: 70.000000 * Longitude: -52.000000 * Date/Time: 2006-01-01T00:00:00 * Elevation: -384.0 m * Recovery: 4.46 m * Location: Vaigat Strait, West Greenland * Device: Gravity corer (GC) * Comment: Basis: RV Dana
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