A note on reporting of reservoir 14C disequilibria and age offsets
Skinner, Luke C.
Beaupre, Steven R.
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KeywordReservoir age; Reservoir effect; Freshwater effect; Hardwater effect; Ventilation age; Radiocarbon
Reservoir age offsets are widely used to correct marine and speleothem radiocarbon age measurements for various calibration purposes. They also serve as a powerful tracer for carbon cycle dynamics. However, a clear terminology regarding reservoir age offsets is lacking, sometimes leading to miscalculations. This note seeks to provide consistent conventions for reporting reservoir 14C disequilibria useful to a broad range of environmental sciences. This contribution introduces the F14R and δ14R metrics to express the relative 14C disequilibrium between two contemporaneous reservoirs and the R metric as the associated reservoir age offset.
Author Posting. © The Author(s), 2016. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Radiocarbon 58 (2016): 205-211, doi:10.1017/RDC.2015.22.
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