Articles | Volume 19, issue 5
Biogeosciences, 19, 1587–1610, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1587-2022
Biogeosciences, 19, 1587–1610, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-1587-2022
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Performance of temperature and productivity proxies based on long-chain alkane-1, mid-chain diols at test: a 5-year sediment trap record from the Mauritanian upwelling

Gerard J. M. Versteegh et al.

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A 5-year record of long-chain mid-chain diol export flux and composition is presented with a 1- to 3-week resolution sediment trap CBeu (in the NW African upwelling). All environmental parameters as well as the diol composition are dominated by the seasonal cycle, albeit with different phase relations for temperature and upwelling. Most diol-based proxies are dominated by upwelling. The long-chain diol index reflects temperatures of the oligotrophic summer sea surface.
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