Paleoceanography

Coherent millennial-scale patterns in U37k′ and TEX86H temperature records during the penultimate interglacial-to-glacial cycle in the western Mediterranean

Authors

  • Carme Huguet,

    1. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Department of Marine Organic Biogeochemistry, Den Burg, Netherlands
    2. Now at Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cerdanyola, Spain.
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Belen Martrat,

    1. Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Barcelona, Spain
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Joan O. Grimalt,

    1. Department of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research, Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Barcelona, Spain
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté,

    1. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Department of Marine Organic Biogeochemistry, Den Burg, Netherlands
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Stefan Schouten

    1. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Department of Marine Organic Biogeochemistry, Den Burg, Netherlands
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

[1] The TEX86H temperature proxy is a relatively new proxy based on crenarchaeotal lipids and has rarely been applied together with other temperature proxies. In this study, we applied the TEX86H on a sediment core from the Alboran Sea (western Mediterranean, core ODP-977A) covering the penultimate climate cycle, that is, from 244 to 130 ka, and compared this with previously published sea surface temperatures derived from the U37k′ of alkenones of haptophyta and Mg/Ca records of planktonic foraminifera. The TEX86H temperature record shows remarkably similar stadial-interstadial patterns and abrupt temperature changes to those observed with the U37k′ palaeothermometer. Absolute TEX86H temperature estimates are generally higher than those of U37k′, though this difference (<3°C in 81% of the data points) is mainly within the temperature calibration error for both proxies, suggesting that crenarchaeota and haptophyta experienced similar temperature variations. During occasional events (<5% of the analyzed time span), however, the TEX86H exhibits considerably higher absolute temperature estimates than the U37k′. Comparison with Mg/Ca records of planktonic foraminifera as well as other Mediterranean TEX86 and U37k′ records suggests that part of this divergence may be attributed to seasonal differences, that is, with TEX86H reflecting mainly the warm summer season while U37k′ would show annual mean. Biases in the global calibration of both proxies or specific biases in the Mediterranean are an alternative, though less likely, explanation. Despite differences between absolute TEX86H and U37k′ temperatures, the correlation between the two proxies (r2 = 0.59, 95% significance) provides support for the occurrence of abrupt temperature variations in the western Mediterranean during the penultimate interglacial-to-glacial cycle.

Ancillary