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Integrated absolute dating approach for terrestrial records of past climate using trapped charge methods

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 Coordinator Country Romania [RO]
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 Total cost 1˙500˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙500˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITATEA BABES BOLYAI RO (CLUJ NAPOCA) coordinator 1˙500˙000.00


 Project objective

The practice of tuning different climate proxies prevents the observation of regional response times of terrestrial archives to global changes. Thus, it is imperative to develop correlation protocols based on absolute chronologies. Loess-palaeosol deposits are continental archives of Quaternary paleoclimates and loess is generally considered an ideal material for the application of luminescence dating. The agreement obtained for 10-20 ka ages using different techniques has given us confidence in using the state of the art measurement protocols for young deposits, as confirmed by comparison with independent age control. INTERTRAP proposes detailed investigations of loess samples from three continents collected in close proximity to the transition to the recent soil, with the purpose of obtaining a temporal quantification of the ending of the Late Tardiglacial and the beginning of the Holocene. However, a series of recent luminescence investigations carried out on quartz of different grain sizes extracted from Romanian and Serbian loess yielded severe age discrepancies for ages >~40 ka. While the cause of this observation is hitherto not fully explained, our ongoing studies on Chinese loess prove that it is a general effect, potentially affecting deposits worldwide, and raising doubts on previous chronologies. Methodological studies within INTERTRAP will develop an integrated approach using optically stimulated luminescence, thermoluminescence and electron spin resonance investigations. This part of the study aims at unravelling the mechanism responsible for the observed discrepancies and developing innovative trapped charge dating measurement protocols based on quartz that will yield reliable ages for and beyond the last interglacial glacial cycle.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Tecsa Viorica; Gerasimenko Natalia; Veres Daniel; Hambach Ulrich; Lehmkuhl Frank; Schulte Philipp; Timar-Gabor Alida
Revisiting the chronostratigraphy of Late Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequences in southwestern Ukraine: OSL dating of Kurortne section
published pages: , ISSN: 1040-6182, DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2020.03.001
Quaternary International 1 2020-03-11
2020 Viorica Tecsa, Joseph A. Mason, William C. Johnson, Xiaodong Miao, Daniela Constantin, Stelian Radu, Dana A. Magdas, Daniel Veres, Slobodan B. Marković, Alida Timar-Gabor
Latest Pleistocene to Holocene loess in the central Great Plains: Optically stimulated luminescence dating and multi-proxy analysis of the enders loess section (Nebraska, USA)
published pages: 106130, ISSN: 0277-3791, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.106130
Quaternary Science Reviews 229 2020-03-05
2020 A. Timar-Gabor, A. Chruścińska, K. Benzid, K.E. Fitzsimmons, R. Begy, M. Bailey
Bleaching studies on Al-hole ([AlO4/h]0) electron spin resonance (ESR) signal in sedimentary quartz
published pages: 106221, ISSN: 1350-4487, DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2019.106221
Radiation Measurements 130 2020-03-05
2020 Khalif Benzid, Alida Timar-Gabor
Phenomenological model of aluminium-hole ([AlO4/h+]0) defect formation in sedimentary quartz upon room temperature irradiation: electron spin resonance (ESR) study
published pages: 106187, ISSN: 1350-4487, DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2019.106187
Radiation Measurements 130 2020-03-05
2020 Ștefana-M. Groza-Săcaciu, Cristian Panaiotu, Alida Timar-Gabor
Single Aliquot Regeneration (SAR) Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating Protocols Using Different Grain-Sizes of Quartz: Revisiting the Chronology of Mircea Vodă Loess-Paleosol Master Section (Romania)
published pages: 19, ISSN: 2409-9279, DOI: 10.3390/mps3010019
Methods and Protocols 3/1 2020-03-05
2018 D. Constantin, D. Veres, C. Panaiotu, V. Anechitei-Deacu, S.M. Groza, R. Begy, S. Kelemen, J.-P. Buylaert, U. Hambach, S.B. Marković, N. Gerasimenko, A. Timar-Gabor
Luminescence age constraints on the Pleistocene-Holocene transition recorded in loess sequences across SE Europe
published pages: , ISSN: 1871-1014, DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2018.07.011
Quaternary Geochronology 2019-07-08
2018 O. Antohi-Trandafir, A. Timar-Gabor, A. Vulpoi, R. Bălc, J. Longman, D. Veres, S. Simon
Luminescence properties of natural muscovite relevant to optical dating of contaminated quartz samples
published pages: 1-7, ISSN: 1350-4487, DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2017.12.004
Radiation Measurements 109 2019-07-08
2018 V. Anechitei-Deacu, A. Timar-Gabor, K.J. Thomsen, J.-P. Buylaert, M. Jain, M. Bailey, A.S. Murray
Single and multi-grain OSL investigations in the high dose range using coarse quartz
published pages: , ISSN: 1350-4487, DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2018.06.008
Radiation Measurements 2019-07-08
2018 A. Timar-Gabor
Electron spin resonance characterisation of sedimentary quartz of different grain sizes
published pages: , ISSN: 1350-4487, DOI: 10.1016/j.radmeas.2018.06.023
Radiation Measurements 2019-07-08
2018 Daniel Veres, Viorica Tecsa, Natalia Gerasimenko, Christian Zeeden, Ulrich Hambach, Alida Timar-Gabor
Short-term soil formation events in last glacial east European loess, evidence from multi-method luminescence dating
published pages: 34-51, ISSN: 0277-3791, DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.09.037
Quaternary Science Reviews 200 2019-05-07
2018 Valentina Anechitei-Deacu, Alida Timar-Gabor, Daniela Constantin, Oana Trandafir-Antohi, Laura Del Valle, Joan J Fornós, Lluís Gómez-pujol, Ann G. Wintle
Assessing the maximum limit of SAR-OSL dating using quartz of different grain sizes
published pages: 146-159, ISSN: 1897-1695, DOI: 10.1515/geochr-2015-0092
Geochronometria 45/1 2019-04-03

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