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Planktic foraminiferal I/Ca from Holocene sediments of the Pacific and Indian Ocean

Helge Arne Winkelbauer1, Simon Chenery2, Elliott Montagu Hamilton2, Melanie Leng2, and Babette Hoogakker1
Helge Arne Winkelbauer et al.
  • 1The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University, UK (
  • 2Centre for Environmental Geochemistry, British Geological Survey (Keyworth), UK

Current climatic trends are expected to lead to expansion of oxygen minimum zones and an overall decrease in oxygen concentration [O2] in the oceans. In order to improve predictions of future trends we need to create a better understanding of the natural oxygen cycle. The iodine to calcium ratio (I/Ca) of planktonic foraminifera is an increasingly popular proxy to assess upper water column oxygenation. Recent studies suggest that this ratio is mainly controlled by subsurface water dissolved oxygen concentrations. A thorough assessment of the proxy has been carried out for the South Atlantic, but is currently lacking for the Indian and Pacific Oceans, which contain the worlds’ most intense and large oxygen minimum zones. Here we present results of recent (Holocene) planktonic foraminifera (mixed layer and deep dwelling species) I/Ca measurements across a range of oceanographic conditions ([O2] varies between < 10 µmol/kg to > 200 µmol/kg) from the Indian and Pacific Ocean to further refine the proxy, using sample material provided by Lamont-Doherty Core Repository.

How to cite: Winkelbauer, H. A., Chenery, S., Hamilton, E. M., Leng, M., and Hoogakker, B.: Planktic foraminiferal I/Ca from Holocene sediments of the Pacific and Indian Ocean, EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-9634,, 2020