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Butzin, Martin; Köhler, Peter; Lohmann, Gerrit (2017): Marine radiocarbon reservoir ages for the past 50,000 years, links to model results in NetCDF format. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Butzin, M et al. (2017): Marine radiocarbon reservoir age simulations for the past 50,000 years. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(16), 8473-8480,

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Radiocarbon (14C) dating calibration for the last glacial period largely relies on cross-dated marine 14C records. However, marine reservoirs are isotopically depleted with respect to the atmosphere, and therefore have to be corrected by the Marine Radiocarbon Ages of surface waters (MRAs), whose temporal variabilities are largely unknown. Here, we present simulations of the spatial and temporal variability in MRAs using a three-dimensional ocean circulation model covering the past 50,000 years. Our simulations are compared to reconstructions of past surface ocean D14C. Running the model with different climatic boundary conditions, we find that low- to mid-latitude MRAs have varied between 400 and 1200 14C years, with values of about 780 14C years at the Last Glacial Maximum. Reservoir ages exceeding 2000 14C years are simulated in the polar oceans. Our simulation results can be used as first order approximation of the MRA variability in future radiocarbon calibration efforts.
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Butzin, Martin; Heaton, Timothy J; Köhler, Peter; Lohmann, Gerrit (2019): Marine radiocarbon reservoir ages simulated for IntCal20, link to model results in NetCDF format. PANGAEA,
Butzin, Martin; Prange, Matthias; Lohmann, Gerrit (2012): Numerical modeling of marine radiocarbon reservoir ages during the last deglaciation. PANGAEA,
Version 2, 2017-08-11
2018-03-20 upload of "Marine Reservoir Age 0-100 m, original temporal resolution" and "Marine Reservoir Age 200-300 m, original temporal resolution" NetCDF files.
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