C37 alkenone measurements of sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Lions (NW Mediterranean)

Cacho, I.; Pelejero, C.; Grimalt, J. O.; Calafat, A.; Canals, M.
Organic Geochemistry
A study of the C37 alkenone compositions in suspended particulate matter in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea has shown a correspondence between UK'37 and sea surface temperature that significantly deviates from the general equation regularly observed in most marine world areas (Muller et al., 1998). However, the temperatures measured in the core top sediments using the general equation are in agreement with the annual average water column temperatures between 0-40 m depth. These discrepancies suggest that despite the rather constant correlation between UK'37 and seawater temperature throughout the world oceans, specific calibrations should be developed for each new area of application of the C37 alkenones for paleotemperature determination.
Long-chain alkenones. Coccolithophorid emiliania-huxleyi. Alkyl alkenoates. Gephyrocapsa-oceanica. Paleotemperature estimation. Southern-ocean. U-37(k) index. Indian-ocean. Sediments. Atlantic.
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