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Title: Calibrating climate-delta O-18 regression models for the interpretation of high-resolution speleothem delta O-18 time series
Authors: Fischer, MJ
Treble, PC
Keywords: Regression analysis
Climatic change
Temperature range
Issue Date: 3-Sep-2008
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
Citation: Fischer, M. J., & Treble, P. C. (2008). Calibrating climate-δ O-18 regression models for the interpretation of high-resolution speleothem δ O-18 time series. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 113(D17), 13. doi:10.1029/2007JD009694
Abstract: Providing estimates of past climate changes on interannual - millenial timescales requires suitable regression models between climate and climate proxies. Many proxies appear to show relationships with climate that are timescale dependent. Any proxy-climate model should be able to replicate the major patterns that are observed at multiple timescales. Here we develop a new climate-isotope regression model for speleothems from a middle latitude site. In the low to middle latitudes, daily variation in precipitation isotopes (within individual months) is largely negatively correlated with daily rainfall amount. On interdecadal timescales, though, this relationship appears to be nonstationary. These two points provide a theoretical basis for a new climate-isotope regression model in which the slope and the intercept of a δ O-18(day) - P-day line for a given month are modulated by organized patterns of climate variability, such as the extratropical zonal waves (including the annular modes). In constructing this new regression model, we show how daily precipitation - δ O-18 relationships can be estimated using only monthly δ O-18 data and daily rainfall amounts. The new regression model provides a consistent picture of O-18 variability over a range of timescales, and this has not been the case with any previous climate-isotope regression model. © 2008, American Geophysical Union
Gov't Doc #: 1090
ISSN: 0148-0227
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