Toward using borehole temperatures to calibrate an isotopic paleothermometer in central Greenland

Kurt M. Cuffey, Richard B. Alley, Pieter M. Grootes, Sridhar Anandakrishnan

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Analysis of borehole temperatures in ice sheets can improve the accuracy of isotopic paleothermometry by making possible independent calibrations of isotope-temperature relations. Here we present a preliminary calibration of the δ18O paleothermometer for central Greenland. A numerical thermal model converts isotope-derived surface-temperature histories to temperature-depth profiles. Comparison with measured borehole temperatures allows calibration of the paleothermometer using formal inverse techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-268
Number of pages4
JournalPalaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Palaeontology

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