Start date:
December 2009
End date:
January 2010
Taylor Valley
Principle Investigator:
Dr Carol Smith
Agriculture and Life Sciences Division, Lincoln University
Phone: +64 03 325 2811
Our research will derive a new terrestrial paleotemperature proxy based on the isotopic composition of pedogenic carbonate in soils of the McMurdo Dry Valleys and Darwin region of Antarctica. The proxy will allow us to test hypotheses of climatically influenced changes in hydrology and glacier dynamics, provide corroboration of ice-core based isotopic paleotemperature proxies, and potentially allow reconstruction of past atmospheric CO2 isotopic composition