A protocol for a geological sea-level database

TitleA protocol for a geological sea-level database
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHijma MP, Engelhart SE, Törnqvist TE, Horton B, Hu P
Book TitleHandbook of Sea-Level Research
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
ISBNPrint ISBN: 9781118452585
Other NumbersOnline ISBN: 9781118452547
Keywordscalibration, dating, elevation, geodetic datum, indicative meaning, isotopic fractionation, limiting data, paleotidal modeling, sea-level index point

This chapter presents a protocol for synthesizing sea-level data by means of a comprehensive database. A rigorous, objective error assessment assures that all conceivable sources of uncertainty are accounted for, thereby allowing direct comparison of data from different regions and environments. New developments in the methodology presented here include a more extensive treatment of age errors, plus modeling of modern as well as paleotidal parameters. The methodology is illustrated with an example from the US Gulf Coast.