Towards a new paleotemperature proxy from reef coral occurrences

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Autorinnen und Autoren: Lauchstedt A, Pandolfi J, Kießling W
Zeitschrift: Scientific Reports
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2017
Band: 7
ISSN: 2045-2322


Global mean temperature is thought to have exceeded that of today during the last interglacial episode (LIG, similar to 125,000 yrs b.p.) but robust paleoclimate data are still rare in low latitudes. Occurrence data of tropical reef corals may provide new proxies of low latitude sea-surface temperatures. Using modern reef coral distributions we developed a geographically explicit model of sea surface temperatures. Applying this model to coral occurrence data of the LIG provides a latitudinal U-shaped pattern of temperature anomalies with cooler than modern temperatures around the equator and warmer subtropical climes. Our results agree with previously published estimates of LIG temperatures and suggest a poleward broadening of the habitable zone for reef corals during the LIG.

FAU-Autorinnen und Autoren / FAU-Herausgeberinnen und Herausgeber

Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt
Lauchstedt, Andreas
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt

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Lauchstedt, A., Pandolfi, J., & Kießling, W. (2017). Towards a new paleotemperature proxy from reef coral occurrences. Scientific Reports, 7.

Lauchstedt, Andreas, John Pandolfi, and Wolfgang Kießling. "Towards a new paleotemperature proxy from reef coral occurrences." Scientific Reports 7 (2017).


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