Radiocarbon dating is critical to unravelling the latest Pleistocene and Holocene past, both in terms of palaeoclimate, but also radiocarbon.

However, calibration of radiocarbon years is non-trivial, and in marine environments must take into account specific reservoir effects that are unique to each region.

This project uses accelerator mass spectrometry radiocarbon dating coupled with high precision U-series dating on corals recovered from cores on Heron Reef to determine the reservoir correction curve for the Coral Sea over the last ~7,000 years.

Project members

Professor Gregory Webb

Dorothy Hill Chair in Paleontology
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences