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Holocene climate history from ice cores, snow profiles, the glacial system and local climate patterns from the Mt Erebus Saddle, Antarctica
Entry ID: K049_1999_2008_NZ_7


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Summary
Abstract: To understand the drivers and consequences of climate change on timescales important to humans, the paleoclimate of ice cores, the glacial system and local climate patterns were analysed from Mt Erebus Saddle. Mt Erebus Saddle lies in the pathway of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) initiated katabatic surges across the Ross Ice Shelf and also of enhanced cyclonic activity from the Southern Ocean. Ice core records from Mt Erebus Saddle are likely to show strong ENSO influence and therefore may provide a mean to reconstruct ENSO since its initiation in the early Holocene. A GPR/GPS (35MHz ) survey was made to map the bedrock topography and internal structure of the glacier. Two cores (200 and 160m) were extracted, measured and logged. Each 1m long core had its core temperature measured (within 5 mins of core recovery), weighed to calculate density and determine the depth of bubble close off and firn/ice transition and investigated for crystal structure, melt and dust/tephra layer occurrence. Analysis of volume, grain size and mineralogy was taken to determine the source and to infer wind pattern and strength. Small chips were used to study gas bubble properties (including porosity, gas bubble size and geometry). The borehole was measured for temperature and light penetrations after drilling. The borehole was measured for temperature and light penetrations after drilling. Several snow profiles were sampled with 1cm resolution for analysis on snow chemistry, isotopic composition, dust content and mineralogy. The ice cores and snow samples were measured for major cations, anions and methylsulfonate, trace elements, oxygen and hydrogen isotope ratio, gas analysis in ice core bubbles (CO2 and CH4), dust concentration and mineralogy, Si detection and tritium concentration and dating the ice core. Three snow stakes, 6m long were anchored into the ground to measure the accumulation rate at the drill site as the topography promotes strong winds leading to significant compaction of the surface snow.

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Description: Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data This database contains information regarding stable oxygen isotopes of snow pits at four sites: Polar Plateau, Victoria Lower Glacier, Wilson Piedmont Glacier and Baldwin Valley Glacier


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K049_1999_2008_NZ_1


Geographic Coverage
 N: -77.55 S: -77.55  E: 167.6666  W: 167.6666
 Min Altitude: 0  Max Altitude: 1600  Min Depth: 0  Max Depth: 200

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2003-11-11


Paleo_Temporal_Coverage
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Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > SOUTH VICTORIA LAND
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > EVANS PIEDMONT GLACIER
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >GLACIERS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >ICE CORE RECORDS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >FIRN    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTIONS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >BOREHOLES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Instrument
CORING DEVICES    [Information]
GPS >Global Positioning System    [Information]
GPR >Ground Penetrating Radar    [Information]


Project
LTER >Long-Term Ecological Research    [Information]
LGP >Latitudinal Gradient Project    [Information]
EBA >Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic    [Information]
IPICS >International Partnerships in Ice Core Science    [Information]
ITASE >INTERNATIONAL TRANS ANTARCTIC SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION    [Information]
AGCS >Antarctica and the Global Climate System    [Information]


Quality
The project is currently ongoing an some of the data is available in various databases which are constantly changing. The investigator is the best person to contact for access to the data.


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/

Data Center Personnel
Name: SHULAMIT GORDON
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


Personnel
NANCY BERTLER
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +64 4 463 6196
Fax: +64 4 463 5186
Email: Nancy.Bertler at vuw.ac.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctic Research Center
Victoria University of Wellington
PO BOX 600
City: Wellington
Postal Code: 6140
Country: New Zealand


CEISHA POIROT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: c.poirot at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


SHULAMIT GORDON
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: +64 3 358 0200
Fax: +64 3 358 0211
Email: s.gordon at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch
Country: New Zealand


Publications/References
Bertler, N.A.N. 2003 Understanding the climate behavior of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica, from coastal ice cores. Ph.D., Victoria University of Wellington.

Bertler, N.A.N. Barrett, P.J. Mayewski, P.A. Fogt, R.L. Kreutz, K.J. Shulmeister, J. El Nino suppresses Antarctic warming. Geophysical research letters 31, 2004.

Bertler, N.A.N. Barrett, P.J. Mayewski, P.A. Fogt, R.L. Kreutz, K.J. Shulmeister, J. Reply to comment by Doran et al. on “El Nino suppresses Antarctic warming”. Geophysical research letters 32: 2005.

Bertler, N.A.N. Naish, T.R. Oerter, H. Kipfstuhl, S. Barrett, P.J. Mayewski, P.A. Kreutz, K. 2006 The effects of joint ENSO–Antarctic Oscillation forcing on the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Antarctic science 18(4): 507-514.

Bertler, N.A.N. Naish, T.R. Mayewski, P.A. Barrett, P.J. Opposing oceanic and atmospheric ENSO influences on the Ross Sea Region, Antarctica. Advances in geosciences 6: 83-86, 2006.

Witherow, R. Lyons, W.B. Bertler, N.A.N. Welch, K.A. Mayewski, P.A. Sneed, S.B. Nylen, T. Handley, M.J. Fountain, A. 2006 The aeolian flux of calcium, chloride and nitrate to the McMurdo Dry Valleys landscape: evidence from snow pit analysis. Antarctic science 18(4): 497-505.

Bertler, N.A.N. Mayewski, P.A. Aristarain, A. Barrett, P. Becagli, S. Bernardo, R. Bo, S. Xiao, C. Curran, M. Qin, D. Antarctic Snow Chemistry. Annals of glaciology 41: 167-179, 2005.

Bertler, N.A.N. Barrett, P.J. Mayewski, P.A. Sneed, S.B. Naish, T.R. Morgenstern, U. Solar forcing recorded by aerosol concentrations in coastal Antarctic glacier ice, McMurdo Dry Valleys. Annals of glaciology 41: 52-56, 2005.

Patterson, N.G. Bertler, N.A.N. Naish, T.R. Morgenstern, U. ENSO variability in the deuterium excess record of a coastal Antarctic ice core from the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Victoria Land. Annals of glaciology 41: 140-146, 2005.

Rhodes, R.H., Bertler, N.A.N., Baker, J.A., Sneed, S.B., Oerter, H., Arrigo, K.R. 2009. Sea ice variability and primary productivity in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, from methylsulphonate snow record. Geophysical research letters 36: L10704 2009. doi:10.1029/2009GL037311, 2009.

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-09-22
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-02-23


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