Reconstructing past atmospheric circulation changes using oxygen isotopes in lake sediments from Sweden

Jonsson, C.E.; Andersson, S.; Rosqvist, G.C.; Leng, M.J. ORCID: 2010 Reconstructing past atmospheric circulation changes using oxygen isotopes in lake sediments from Sweden. Climate of the Past, 6. 49-62.

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Here we use lake sediment studies from Sweden to illustrate how Holocene-aged oxygen isotope records from lakes located in different hydrological settings, can provide information about climate change. In particular changes in precipitation, atmospheric circulation and water balance. We highlight the importance of understanding the present lake hydrology, and the relationship between climate variables and the oxygen isotopic composition of precipitation (18Op) and lake waters (18Olakewater) for interpretation of the oxygen isotopic record from the sediments (18O). Both precipitation reconstructions from northern Sweden and water balance reconstructions from south and central Sweden show that the atmospheric circulation changed from zonal to a more meridional airflow over the Holocene. Superimposed on this Holocene trend are δ18Op minima resembling intervals of the negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), thus suggesting that the climate of Northern Europe is strongly influenced by atmospheric and oceanic circulation changes over the North Atlantic.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > NERC Isotope Geoscience Laboratory
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Climate of the Past (CP) is an international scientific open-access journal dedicated to the publication and discussion of research articles, short communications and review papers on the climate history of the Earth.
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 27 Jan 2010 08:25 +0 (UTC)

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