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The SISAL database: a global resource to document oxygen and carbon isotope records from speleothems

Atsawawaranunt, Kamolphat; Comas-Bru, Laia; Mozhdehi, Sahar Amirnezhad; Deininger, Michael; Harrison, Sandy P.; Baker, Andy; Boyd, Meighan; Kaushal, Nikita; Ahmad, Syed Masood; Brahim, Yassine Ait; Arienzo, Monica; Bajo, Petra; Braun, Kerstin; Burstyn, Yuval; Chawchai, Sakonvan; Duan, Wuhui; Hatvani, István Gábor; Hu, Jun; Kern, Zoltán; Labuhn, Inga; Lachniet, Matthew; Lechleitner, Franziska A.; Lorrey, Andrew; Pérez-Mejías, Carlos; Pickering, Robyn; Scroxton, Nick; Working Group Members, SISAL

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Kamolphat Atsawawaranunt

Laia Comas-Bru

Sahar Amirnezhad Mozhdehi

Michael Deininger

Sandy P. Harrison

Andy Baker

Meighan Boyd

Nikita Kaushal

Syed Masood Ahmad

Yassine Ait Brahim

Monica Arienzo

Petra Bajo

Kerstin Braun

Yuval Burstyn

Sakonvan Chawchai

Wuhui Duan

István Gábor Hatvani

Jun Hu

Zoltán Kern

Inga Labuhn

Matthew Lachniet

Franziska A. Lechleitner

Andrew Lorrey

Carlos Pérez-Mejías

Robyn Pickering

Nick Scroxton

SISAL Working Group Members



Stable isotope records from speleothems provide information on past climate changes, most particularly information that can be used to reconstruct past changes in precipitation and atmospheric circulation. These records are increasingly being used to provide “out-of-sample” evaluations of isotope-enabled climate models. SISAL (Speleothem Isotope Synthesis and Analysis) is an international working group of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) project. The working group aims to provide a comprehensive compilation of speleothem isotope records for climate reconstruction and model evaluation. The SISAL database contains data for individual speleothems, grouped by cave system. Stable isotopes of oxygen and carbon (δ 18O, δ 13C) measurements are referenced by distance from the top or bottom of the speleothem. Additional tables provide information on dating, including information on the dates used to construct the original age model and sufficient information to assess the quality of each data set and to erect a standardized chronology across different speleothems. The metadata table provides location information, information on the full range of measurements carried out on each speleothem and information on the cave system that is relevant to the interpretation of the records, as well as citations for both publications and archived data. The compiled data are available at


Atsawawaranunt, K., Comas-Bru, L., Mozhdehi, S. A., Deininger, M., Harrison, S. P., Baker, A., …Working Group Members, S. (2018). The SISAL database: a global resource to document oxygen and carbon isotope records from speleothems. Earth System Science Data, 10(3), 1687-1713.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 21, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 14, 2018
Publication Date Sep 14, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 18, 2018
Journal Earth System Science Data
Print ISSN 1866-3508
Electronic ISSN 1866-3516
Publisher Copernicus Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 3
Pages 1687-1713


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