Fe²⁺ in ice cores as a new potential proxy to detect past volcanic eruptions

Burgay, François; Erhardt, Tobias; Lunga, Damiano Della; Jensen, Camilla Marie; Spolaor, Andrea; Vallelonga, Paul; Fischer, Hubertus; Barbante, Carlo (2019). Fe²⁺ in ice cores as a new potential proxy to detect past volcanic eruptions. Science of the total environment, 654, pp. 1110-1117. Elsevier 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.075

[img] Text
burgaya18ste.pdf - Published Version
Restricted to registered users only
Available under License Publisher holds Copyright.

Download (1MB) | Request a copy

Volcanic eruptions are widely used in ice core science to date or synchronize ice cores. Volcanoes emit large amounts of SO₂ that is subsequently converted inthe atmosphere into sulfuric acid/sulphate.Its discrete and continuous quantification is currently used to determine the ice layers impacted by volcanic emissions, but available high-resolution sulphate quantification methods in ice core (Continuous Flow Analysis (CFA)) struggle with insufficient sensitivity. Here, we present a new high-resolution CFA chemiluminescence method for the continuous determination of Fe²⁺ species in ice cores thatshowsclear Fe²⁺ peaks concurrent with volcanicsulphate peaks in the ice core record. The method, applied on a Greenland ice core, correctly identifies all volcanic eruptions from between 1588 to 1611 and from 1777 to 1850. The method has a detection limit of ∽5pgg⁻¹ and a quadratic polynomial calibration range of up to at least 1760 pg g⁻¹. Our results show that Fe²⁺ is a suitable proxy for identifying past volcanic events.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics

UniBE Contributor:

Erhardt, Tobias; Jensen, Camilla Marie and Fischer, Hubertus


500 Science > 530 Physics
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology








Doris Rätz

Date Deposited:

29 Jan 2019 15:01

Last Modified:

13 Jan 2020 08:45

Publisher DOI:






Actions (login required)

Edit item Edit item
Provide Feedback