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      Millennial‐Scale Climate Variability and Dinoflagellate‐Cyst‐Based Seasonality Changes Over the Last ~150 kyrs at “Shackleton Site” U1385


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          During the last glacial period, climate conditions in the North Atlantic region were determined by the alternation of relatively warm interstadials and relatively cool stadials, with superimposed rapid warming (Dansgaard‐Oeschger) and cooling (Heinrich) events. So far little is known about the impact of these rapid climate shifts on the seasonal variations in sea surface temperature (SST) within the North Atlantic region. Here, we present a high‐resolution seasonal SST record for the past 152 kyrs derived from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program “Shackleton” Site U1385, offshore Portugal. Assemblage counts of dinoflagellates cysts (dinocysts) in combination with a modern analog technique (MAT), and regression analyses were used for the reconstructions. We compare our records with previously published SST records from the same location obtained from the application of MAT on planktonic foraminifera. Our dinocyst‐based reconstructions confirm the impression of the Greenland stadials and interstadials offshore the Portuguese margin and indicate increased seasonal contrast of temperature during the cold periods of the glacial cycle (average 9.0 °C, maximum 12.2 °C) with respect to present day (5.1 °C), due to strong winter cooling by up to 8.3 °C. Our seasonal temperature reconstructions are in line with previously published data, which showed increased seasonality due to strong winter cooling during the Younger Dryas and the Last Glacial Maximum over the European continent and North Atlantic region. In addition, we show that over longer time scales, increased seasonal contrasts of temperature remained characteristic of the colder phases of the glacial cycle.

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          • New high‐resolution dinocyst‐based summer and winter SST record from IODP “Shackleton” Site U1385 for the last 150 kyrs is presented

          • Dinocyst‐based SST confirms the D‐O cycles and HEs at Site U1385

          • Increased seasonal contrast of SST (up to 12 degree C) during cold periods of the glacial cycle related to strong winter cooling is shown

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                Paleoceanogr Paleoclimatol
                Paleoceanogr Paleoclimatol
                Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
                John Wiley and Sons Inc. (Hoboken )
                16 July 2019
                July 2019
                : 34
                : 7 ( doiID: 10.1002/palo.v34.7 )
                : 1139-1156
                [ 1 ] Marine Palynology and Paleoceanography, Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences Utrecht University Utrecht The Netherlands
                [ 2 ] Centre de recherche en géochimie et géodynamique (Geotop) Université du Québec à Montréal Montréal Quebec Canada
                [ 3 ] Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Geosciences Utrecht University Utrecht The Netherlands
                [ 4 ] Department of Ocean Systems NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research Texel The Netherlands
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                [*] [* ] Correspondence to: M. Datema,

                m.c.datema@ 123456uu.nl

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                PALO20743 2018PA003497
                ©2019. The Authors.

                This is an open access article under the terms of the http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non‐commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.

                : 19 October 2018
                : 03 May 2019
                : 15 May 2019
                Page count
                Figures: 4, Tables: 0, Pages: 18, Words: 8870
                Funded by: EC | FP7 | FP7 Ideas: European Research Council (FP7 Ideas)
                Award ID: 259627
                Funded by: European Research Council (ERC)
                Award ID: 259627
                Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
                Atmospheric Processes
                Research Article
                Research Articles
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                seasonality,sea surface temperature (sst) dinocysts,shackleton site u1385


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