Articles | Volume 18, issue 10
Research article
30 Sep 2022
Research article |  | 30 Sep 2022

Integrating plant wax abundance and isotopes for paleo-vegetation and paleoclimate reconstructions: a multi-source mixing model using a Bayesian framework

Deming Yang and Gabriel J. Bowen

Model code and software

SPATIAL-Lab/LipidMM: Bok choy Deming Yang

Short summary
Plant wax lipid ratios and their isotopes are used in vegetation and paleoclimate reconstructions. While studies often use either type of data, both can inform the mixing pattern of source plants. We developed a statistic model that evaluates ratios and isotopes together. Through case studies, we showed that the approach allows more detailed interpretations of vegetation and paleoclimate than traditional methods. This evolving framework can include more geochemical tracers in the future.