Variations of δ18O in rainwater from southwestern Oregon

Ersek, Vasile, Mix, Alan and Clark, Peter (2010) Variations of δ18O in rainwater from southwestern Oregon. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115 (D9). ISSN 0148-0227

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2009JD013345

Abstract

We examine the relation between δ18O in rainwater collected in southwestern Oregon and climate variables including temperature, parcel trajectory, precipitation amount, and specific humidity. Local surface air temperature at the time of sample collection explains a large proportion of δ18O variability, suggesting that paleoclimatic archives that are related to rainfall δ18O should be useful for qualitative temperature reconstructions. Models of Rayleigh distillation of air masses originating in the North Pacific can broadly constrain the observed isotopic variability in southwestern Oregon. Results from a Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model suggest that recent parcel pathways have little influence on the isotopic composition of precipitation collected at our site. We also find no significant relation between rainfall δ18O and precipitation amount. Changes in specific humidity along the parcel tracks, however, indicate that the water vapor exchange of the air mass with the underlying ocean influenced the isotopic composition of the most enriched samples.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: oxygen isotopes, climate
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2013 09:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/14319

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