Application of stable isotope analysis methods for reconstructing paleoenvironment and paleoclimate in sediment cores

Dang Minh Quan, Pham Thao Nguyen, Luu Viet Dung, Tran Dang Quy, Nguyen Tai Tue*

Abstract


Reconstruction of paleoenvironment and paleoclimate aims to clarify characteristics of environment and climate in the past, providing crucial information for simulating the change in environment and climate in the future. However, this research area has not been commonly carried out in Vietnam. The present study aims to contribute the methodologies and research methods for solving this gap by presenting the sampling and analytical methods of stable isotopes (δ13C, δ15N, δ18O, δD) in sediment cores. An experiment was performed for a certified reference material ˪-Alanine to demonstrate the analytical errors of δ13C and δ15N by the Nu-IRMS system. Additionally, the interpretation of δ18O and δ13C data in carbonate and organic materials of a sediment core from Ao Tien Lake, Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan province has also presented in detail. Temporal variations of δ18O và δ13C values demonstrated that the climate regime of this area was shifted similarly with Asian monsoon and the water flows from surrounding areas to lake tended to increase from the 1700 year ago to the present.

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Keywords


Stable isotopes, paleoenvironment, paleoclimate, sediment, Ba Be Lake

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