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The PRISM palaeoclimate reconstruction and Pliocene sea-surface temperature

January 1, 2007

In this paper, I present a summary of the Pliocene Research, Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping (PRISM) palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, with emphasis on its historical development and range of boundary condition datasets. Sea-surface temperature (SST), sea level, sea ice, land cover (vegetation and ice) and topography are discussed as well as many of the assumptions required to create an integrated global-scale reconstruction. New multiproxy research shows good general agreement on the magnitude of mid-Pliocene SST warming. Future directions, including maximum and minimum SST analyses and deep ocean temperature estimates aimed at a full three-dimensional reconstruction, are presented. 

Citation Information

Publication Year 2007
Title The PRISM palaeoclimate reconstruction and Pliocene sea-surface temperature
DOI 10.1144/TMS002.21
Authors H.J. Dowsett
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Geological Society Special Publication
Index ID 70031217
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Florence Bascom Geoscience Center