Articles | Volume 17, issue 18
Biogeosciences, 17, 4545–4557, 2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 4545–4557, 2020

Research article 16 Sep 2020

Research article | 16 Sep 2020

Modern calibration of Poa flabellata (tussac grass) as a new paleoclimate proxy in the South Atlantic

Dulcinea V. Groff et al.


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 May 2020) by Steven Bouillon
AR by Dulcinea Groff on behalf of the Authors (28 Jun 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Jul 2020) by Steven Bouillon
RR by Aaron Diefendorf (13 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish as is (22 Jul 2020) by Steven Bouillon
Short summary
Tussock grasses that grow along coastlines of the Falkland Islands are slow to decay and build up thick peat layers over thousands of years. Grass fragments found in ancient peat can be used to reconstruct past climate because grasses can preserve a record of growing conditions in their leaves. We found that modern living tussock grasses in the Falkland Islands reliably record temperature and humidity in their leaves, and the peat they form can be used to understand past climate change.
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