The PRISM palaeoclimate reconstruction and Pliocene sea-surface temperature

Geological Society Special Publication
Edited by: Williams M.Haywood A.M.Gregory F.J.Schmidt D.N.



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. 

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The PRISM palaeoclimate reconstruction and Pliocene sea-surface temperature
Series title Geological Society Special Publication
DOI 10.1144/TMS002.21
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher GeoScienceWorld
Contributing office(s) Florence Bascom Geoscience Center
First page 459
Last page 480
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