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Formation of the Ice Core Isotopic Composition

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Title: Formation of the Ice Core Isotopic Composition
Authors: Ekaykin, Alexey A. Browse this author
Lipenkov, Vladimir Ya. Browse this author
Keywords: Antarctica
Vostok station
ice core
isotopic composition
paleo-climate
Lake Vostok
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University
Citation: Physics of Ice Core Records II : Papers collected after the 2nd International Workshop on Physics of Ice Core Records, held in Sapporo, Japan, 2-6 February 2007. Edited by Takeo Hondoh
Journal Title: 低温科学
Journal Title(alt): Low Temperature Science
Volume: 68
Issue: Supplement
Start Page: 299
End Page: 314
Abstract: Main processes of the ice core isotopic composition formation are overviewed. Theory of isotope-temperature relationship is discussed and confirmed by a number of experimental data. The factors related to wind-driven spatial snow redistribution and post-depositional isotopic changes that may alter or weaken this relationship, are also considered. For high-resolution isotopic time-series obtained at sites with low accumulation of snow, the signal-to-noise ratio is shown to be as low as 0.25, which means that noise accounts for about 80 % of the total variance. It is demonstrated that "classical isotopic method" (based on the present-day geographical isotope-temperature slope) underestimates the amplitude of past temperature changes in Antarctica. The most likely reason for the discrepancy is the change in the moisture source conditions. After correction for the latter, the paleo-temperature reconstructions produced by the isotopic method become consistent with those obtained from borehole temperature measurements. We show that in the case of the Vostok ice core, both approaches lead to the same temperature shift of 10℃ between LGM and the present time. The isotopic composition of the basal part of the Vostok ice core, comprising frozen subglacial Lake Vostok water, is also discussed.
Description: IV. Chemical properties and isotopes
Type: bulletin (article)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2115/45456
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