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Title: Investigating the use of cold-water corals as archives of past ocean water properties
Author: Spooner, Peter T.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6057 8701
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2016
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Cold-water corals are a relatively new archive of past ocean conditions. They are found in areas that sedimentary records struggle to record, and their aragonite skeletons can be dated using precise uranium-series techniques. Arguably, the most successful use of cold-water corals in palaeoceanography has been using radiocarbon to trace water mass ages and mixing. For example, these techniques have revealed discrete periods of Southern Ocean deglacial ventilation, a likely driver of the deglacial rise in atmospheric C02. However, the use of cold-water corals in palaeoceanography is hampered by slow dating procedures and a scarcity of palaeocean proxies that are free of biological mediation (vital effects). My work aims to address these issues and improve the utility of the cold-water coral palaeocean archive.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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