A database of paleoceanographic sediment cores from the North Pacific, 1951–2016

Marisa Borreggine, Sarah E. Myhre, K. Allison S. Mislan, Curtis Deutsch, Catherine V. Davis

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We assessed sediment coring, data acquisition, and publications from the North Pacific (north of 30°N) from 1951 to 2016. There are 2134 sediment cores collected by American, French, Japanese, Russian, and international research vessels across the North Pacific (including the Pacific subarctic gyre, Alaskan gyre, Japan margin, and California margin; 1391 cores), the Sea of Okhotsk (271 cores), the Bering Sea (123 cores), and the Sea of Japan (349 cores) reported here. All existing metadata associated with these sediment cores are documented here, including coring date, location, core number, cruise number, water depth, vessel metadata, and coring technology. North Pacific sediment core age models are built with isotope stratigraphy, radiocarbon dating, magnetostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, tephrochronology, % opal, color, and lithological proxies. Here, we evaluate the iterative generation of each published age model and provide comprehensive documentation of the dating techniques used, along with sedimentation rates and age ranges. We categorized cores according to the availability of a variety of proxy evidence, including biological (e.g., benthic and planktonic foraminifera assemblages), geochemical (e.g., major trace element concentrations), isotopic (e.g., bulk sediment nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon isotopes), and stratigraphic (e.g., preserved laminations) proxies. This database is a unique resource to the paleoceanographic and paleoclimate communities and provides cohesive accessibility to sedimentary sequences, age model development, and proxies. The data set is publicly available through PANGAEA at <a hrefCombining double low line"https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.875998" targetCombining double low line"-blank">https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.875998.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)739-749
Number of pages11
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 28 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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