BRITICE-CHRONO maps and GIS data of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet 31 to 15 ka, including model reconstruction, geochronometric age spreadsheet, palaeotopographies and coastline positions


The BRITICE-CHRONO project measured 639 new geochronometric ages that constrain the timing of advance and retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet between 31,000 and 15,000 years ago, including across the North Sea. These ages (optically stimulated luminescence, radiocarbon and terrestrial cosmogenic nuclide methods) are made available in an excel spreadsheet, along with all sample and laboratory metadata and calibrations. Together with other published information, the ages were used to build an empirical ice sheet reconstruction at one thousand year time-steps. A poster-map and slideshow (PDF) of the reconstruction (31 to 15 ka) and the underlying GIS data (ArcGIS shapefiles) of ice extents (min, max and optimum) are made available here. An ice sheet model was nudged to fit these ice limits and the ensuing model-reconstruction is made available as a poster-map, slideshow (PDF) and movie (GIF) of the reconstruction (31 to 15 ka). The GIS data is also available including grounded ice extent and ice shelves, ice thickness, ice surface elevation, and ice velocity (as ArcGIS grids). From glacio-isostatic adjustment modelling we also provide digital elevation models of the palaeotopography of the British Isles and surrounding sea floors and coastline positions from 36 to 1 ka (ArcGIS grids and shapefiles). Full methods, descriptions, caveats and interpretations are available in the parent paper to this dataset: Clark. C.D. et al. (2022) Growth and retreat of the last British-Irish Ice Sheet, 31,000 to 15,000 years ago: the BRITICE-CHRONO reconstruction, Boreas.

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Creator Clark, Chris D ORCID logo; Ely, Jeremy C; Fabel, Derek ORCID logo; Bradley, Sarah L
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2022
Funding Reference European Research Council Crossref Funder ID 787263 PALGLAC-Palaeoglaciological advances to understand Earth's ice sheets by landform analysis; Natural Environment Research Council Crossref Funder ID NE/J009768/1 BRITICE-CHRONO: Constraining rates and style of marine-influenced ice sheet decay
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
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Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 10 data points
Discipline Earth System Research