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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2021-62
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-2021-62

  17 Jun 2021

17 Jun 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal CP.

Revised alkenone δ13C based CO2 estimates during the Plio-Pleistocene

Osamu Seki1 and James Bendle2 Osamu Seki and James Bendle
  • 1Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, N19W8, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060-0819, Japan
  • 2School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

Abstract. Here we revisit reported alkenone δ13C (δ13CC37) based CO2 records during the Plio-Pleistocene and apply a refined approach to better constrain the dynamic range of CO2 during the time. Specifically, we consider ways to correct for regional differences in physical oceanographic factors. As a result of our relatively simple approach we find that offsets of ~150 ppm between reported δ13CC37 CO2 records from different sites can be significantly reduced. This confirms that better constraints on environmental variables, including physical oceanographic controls on depth and season of production are key aspects for improving δ13CC37 based CO2 estimates. The revised δ13CC37 CO2 datasets suggest that Plio-Pleistocene CO2 levels are 180–350 ppm, which is consistent with the most of reported CO2 reconstructions, though their upper end of Pliocene CO2 levels are lower than that of some CO2 estimates.

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The reconstruction of CO2 levels in the past is a crucial objective in palaeoclimate research. However, estimates of CO2 level markedly differ among the data. We revised reported alkenone δ13C based CO2 records from the Pliocene to Pleistocene based on a refined approach. Our approach significantly reduced the large offsets between reported alkenone δ13C CO2 records, confirming that better constraints on environmental variables are key aspects for improving alkenone δ13C based CO2 estimates.