Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 10, 3091–3105, 2016

Special issue: International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Second...

The Cryosphere, 10, 3091–3105, 2016

Review article 21 Dec 2016

Review article | 21 Dec 2016

Radiocarbon dating of glacier ice: overview, optimisation, validation and potential

Chiara Uglietti et al.


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AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (28 Oct 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (28 Oct 2016) by Shugui Hou
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Nov 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (11 Nov 2016)
ED: Publish as is (14 Nov 2016) by Shugui Hou
Short summary
A meaningful interpretation of the climatic history contained in ice cores requires a precise chronology. For dating the older and deeper part of the glaciers, radiocarbon analysis can be used when organic matter such as plant or insect fragments are found in the ice. Since this happens rarely, a complementary dating tool, based on radiocarbon dating of the insoluble fraction of carbonaceous aerosols entrapped in the ice, allows for ice dating between 200 and more than 10 000 years.