An 800-year reconstruction of Elbe River discharge and German Bight sea-surface salinity

Carolyn Scheurle, Dierk Hebbeln, Phil Jones

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Abstract

On the basis of stable oxygen isotopes (d18O), the summer sea-surface salinity of the German Bight, southeastern North Sea, was determined for the past 800 years. In this near-coastal area, salinity is mainly dependent on the freshwater input of the Elbe River discharging its large catchment, which covers an area of 149 000 km2 of central Europe. Therefore, a proxy for Elbe River discharge was reconstructed at the same time, and consequently the d18O record is also mirroring variations in precipitation within the entire drainage basin. Significant variations in these palaeoenvironmental variables are linked to climatic changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-434
Number of pages6
JournalThe Holocene
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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