NICOPP scientific goals

NICOPP brought together international colleagues active in marine N-isotope research as applied to the past ocean, and carried out activities such as workshops aimed at synthesizing the available paleo data and publishing review papers.

Specifically, NICOPP had four goals:

1) Compilation, mapping and synthesis of modern (surface sediment) sedimentary d15N variability, and comparison of this data set to modern oceanographic and biogeochemical parameters and modeling; to further and refine our understanding of this proxy.

2) Compilation and synthesis of sedimentary d15N records covering the last glacial-interglacial cycle (last 150,000 years) with the aim of defining regionally (or globally) consistent patterns and trends.

3) Comparison of the modern, surface sediment d15N variations to the sedimentary d15N distribution during past time periods, e.g. the Last Glacial Maximum (following MARGO approaches and criteria).

4) Comparing results from biogeochemical ocean modeling with the new quantitative synthesis of sedimentary d15N records.