Climate Dynamics

, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp 815–820

A thousand year speleothem proxy record of North Atlantic climate from Scotland

  • C. J. Proctor
  • A. Baker
  • W. L. Barnes
  • M. A. Gilmour

DOI: 10.1007/s003820000077

Cite this article as:
Proctor, C., Baker, A., Barnes, W. et al. Climate Dynamics (2000) 16: 815. doi:10.1007/s003820000077

Abstract

 Luminescent organic matter in stalagmites may form annual bands, allowing growth rate to be precisely determined. Stalagmite growth rate is controlled by precipitation, so annual bands can be used to derive long precipitation records. A continuously banded stalagmite from a cave in NW Scotland was used to provide a 1100 year high-resolution record of precipitation. The location of the cave means that precipitation is closely linked to the North Atlantic Oscillation, for which a record is also derived. This suggests that changes in the North Atlantic Oscillation state was an important control on European climate over the past millennium.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. J. Proctor
    • 1
  • A. Baker
    • 1
  • W. L. Barnes
    • 2
  • M. A. Gilmour
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geography, University of Newcastle, Daysh Building, Newcastle, NE1 7RU, UK E-mail: andy.baker@ncl.ac.ukGB
  2. 2.School of Physics, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QL, UKGB
  3. 3.Department of Earth Sciences Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UKGB