Wit, Jos C; Reichart, Gert-Jan; Jung, Simon J A; Kroon, Dick (2010): Stable isotope and Mg/Ca ratios of Globigerinoides ruber from core-top sediment samples. doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.830898, Supplement to: Wit, JC et al. (2010): Approaches to unravel seasonality in sea surface temperatures using paired single-specimen foraminiferal d18O and Mg/Ca analyses. Paleoceanography, 115(4), PA4220, doi:10.1029/2009PA001857
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Seasonal changes in surface ocean temperature are increasingly recognized as an important parameter of the climate system. Here we assess the potential of analyzing single-specimen planktonic foraminifera as proxy for the seasonal temperature contrast (seasonality). Oxygen isotopes and Mg/Ca ratios were measured on single specimens of Globigerinoides ruber, extracted from surface sediment samples of the Mediterranean Sea and the adjacent Atlantic Ocean. Variability in d18O and Mg/Ca was then compared to established modern seasonal changes in temperature and salinity for both regions. The results show that (1) average d18O-derived temperatures correlate with modern annual average temperatures for most sites, (2) the range in d18O- and Mg/Ca-derived temperature estimates from single-specimen analysis resembles the range in seasonal temperature values at the sea surface (0-50 m) in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and (3) there is no strong correlation between Mg/Ca- and d18O-derived temperatures from the same specimens in the current data set, indicating that other parameters (salinity, carbonate ion concentration, symbiont activity, ontogenesis, and natural variability) potentially affect these proxies.
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