On the use of calibrated relative paleointensity records to improve millennial-scale geomagnetic field models

Korte, M, Constable CG.  2006.  On the use of calibrated relative paleointensity records to improve millennial-scale geomagnetic field models. Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems. 7

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983 gardar drift, age calibration, birkat-ram, cal bp, geomagnetic field model, geomagnetism and, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism : paleointensity, lacustrine sediments, lake sediments, lake-sediments, magnetic-field, palaeosecular variation, paleomagnetic records, paleomagnetism : paleomagnetic secular variation, paleomagnetism : reference fields : regional, global, past 3000 years, relative paleointensity


[ 1] Current millennial-scale time-varying global geomagnetic field models suffer from a lack of intensity data compared to directional data, because only thermoremanently magnetized material can provide absolute information about the past field strength. The number of archeomagnetic artifacts that can provide such data diminishes rapidly prior to 3000 B. C. Sediment cores provide time series of declination and inclination and of variations of magnetization: the latter can reflect relative geomagnetic field variations if suitably normalized. We propose a calibration technique based on predictions from global models and use the CALS7K. 2 model to calibrate relative paleointensity records from 22 globally distributed locations and assess whether they reflect actual field variations. All except a few contain useful information for 0 to 7 ka and could be used to improve the existing models. Using synthetic data from a numerical dynamo simulation, we show that with the existing directional data the distribution of intensity data has an important influence on model quality. Intensity data from a broad range of latitudes seem particularly important. This study opens the possibility of extending global time-varying geomagnetic field models further back in time than the current 7 kyr interval.






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