Taylor, Ben J; Rae, James William B; Gray, William R; Darling, Kate F; Burke, Andrea; Gersonde, Rainer; Abelmann, Andrea; Maier, Edith; Esper, Jan; Ziveri, Patrizia (2018): Distribution and ecology data of planktic Foraminifera in the North Pacific. PANGAEA, https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890231, Supplement to: Taylor, Ben J; Rae, James William B; Gray, William R; Darling, Kate F; Burke, Andrea; Gersonde, Rainer; Abelmann, Andrea; Maier, Edith; Esper, Oliver; Ziveri, Patrizia (2018): Distribution and ecology of planktic Foraminifera in the North Pacific: Implications for paleo-reconstructions. Quaternary Science Reviews, 191, 256-274, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.05.006
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Planktic foraminifera census data have been used to reconstruct past temperatures through transfer functions, as well as changes in ocean ecosystems, chemistry and circulation. Here we present new multinet, plankton net and core-top census data from 20 sites in the Subpolar North Pacific. We combine these with previous data to provide an up to date compilation of North Pacific planktic foraminifera assemblage data. Our compilation is used to define 6 faunal zones: the subpolar zone; transitional zone; upwelling zone; subtropical zone; east equatorial zone; west equatorial zone; based on the distribution of 10 major species of planktic foraminifera. Two species of planktic foraminifera Neogloboquadrina pachyderma and Globigerina bulloides provide the basis for many subpolar paleo-reconstructions. Through the analysis of new multinet and CTD data we find that G. bulloides and N. pachyderma are predominantly found within 0-50 m of the water column and coincide with high food availability. N. pachyderma also shows a strong temperature control and can thrive in food poor waters where temperatures are low. Both species bloom seasonally, particularly during the spring bloom of March to June, with G. bulloides exhibiting greater seasonal variation. We suggest that percentage abundance of N. pachyderma in paleo-assemblages can be used to assess relative changes in past temperature, with G. bulloides abundance more likely to reflect changes in food availability. By comparing our core-top and multinet data, we also find a dissolution bias of G. bulloides over N. pachyderma in the North Pacific, which may enrich assemblages in the latter species.
Median Latitude: 45.680641 * Median Longitude: -172.069098 * South-bound Latitude: 22.750000 * West-bound Longitude: 156.979700 * North-bound Latitude: 59.512800 * East-bound Longitude: -148.260000
Date/Time Start: 2009-07-11T21:53:00 * Date/Time End: 2017-08-24T00:00:00
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- Taylor, BJ; Rae, JWB; Gray, WR et al. (2018): Abundances of planktic foraminifera from multinet samples taken during the SONNE cruise SO202/1. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890228
- Taylor, BJ; Rae, JWB; Gray, WR et al. (2018): Core-top census data of planktic foraminifera taken during the SONNE cruise SO202/1. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890227
- Taylor, BJ; Rae, JWB; Gray, WR et al. (2018): Data compilation of planktic foraminifera assemblages in the North Pacific. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890597
- Taylor, BJ; Rae, JWB; Gray, WR et al. (2018): Physical oceanography and chlorophyll from selected CTD stations during SONNE cruise SO202/1. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890229
- Taylor, BJ; Rae, JWB; Gray, WR et al. (2018): Plankton net census data of planktic foraminifera taken during the KILO MOANA cruise KM1712 (CDisK IV). https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890230
- Taylor, BJ; Rae, JWB; Gray, WR et al. (2018): Sediment trap data compilation for N. pachyderma and G. bulloides in the subpolar North Pacific. https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.890599