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Quaternary 2019, 2(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/quat2010007

SISAL: Bringing Added Value to Speleothem Research

School of Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Sciences, Reading University, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AH, UK
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Received: 22 January 2019 / Accepted: 28 January 2019 / Published: 1 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Speleothem Records and Climate)
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Isotopic records from speleothems are an important source of information about past climates and, given the increase in the number of isotope-enabled climate models, are likely to become an important tool for climate model evaluation. SISAL (Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and Analysis) have created a global database of isotopic records from speleothems in order to facilitate regional analyses and data-model comparison. The papers in this Special Issue showcase the use of the database for regional analyses. In this paper, we discuss some of the important issues underpinning the use of speleothems and how the existence of this database assists palaeoclimate research. We also highlight some of the lessons learned in the creation of the SISAL database and outline potential research going forward. View Full-Text
Keywords: SISAL; speleothems; database; data synthesis; isotopes SISAL; speleothems; database; data synthesis; isotopes
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