Articles | Volume 14, issue 12
Research article
30 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 30 Nov 2018

Sedproxy: a forward model for sediment-archived climate proxies

Andrew M. Dolman and Thomas Laepple

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Short summary
Climate proxies from marine sediments provide an important record of past temperatures, but contain noise from many sources. These include mixing by burrowing organisms, seasonal and habitat biases, measurement error, and small sample size effects. We have created a forward model that simulates the creation of proxy records and provides it as a user-friendly R package. It allows multiple sources of uncertainty to be considered together when interpreting proxy climate records.