A potential bias in coral reconstruction of sea surface temperature

Andrew R. Solow*, Amit Huppert

*Corresponding author for this work

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Isotopic measurements in corals are used to reconstruct past sea surface temperature. These reconstructions are based on calibration regression analyses using paired measurements of modern isotopic composition and sea surface temperature. It is shown that error in these measurements of sea surface temperature can lead to substantial bias in reconstruction. Provided the variance of the measurement error is known or can be estimated, a simple correction can eliminate this bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L06308 1-4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - 28 Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


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