Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
Biogeosciences, 12, 3913–3924, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3913-2015
Biogeosciences, 12, 3913–3924, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-12-3913-2015

Research article 29 Jun 2015

Research article | 29 Jun 2015

Coupling δ2H and δ18O biomarker results yields information on relative humidity and isotopic composition of precipitation – a climate transect validation study

M. Tuthorn et al.

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Stable water isotopes (18O/16O and 2H/1H) are invaluable proxies for paleoclimate research. Here we use a coupled 18O/16O and 2H/1H biomarker approach based on plant-derived sugars and n-alkanes. Applying this innovative approach to a topsoil transect allows for (i) calculating the deuterium-excess of leaf water as a proxy for relative humidity and (ii) calculating the plant source water isotopic composition (~precipitation). The approach is validated by the presented climate transect results.
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