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A comprehensive global oceanic dataset of helium isotope and tritium measurements

TitleA comprehensive global oceanic dataset of helium isotope and tritium measurements
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsJenkins W.J, Doney SC, Fendrock M., Fine R., Gamo T., Jean-Baptiste P., Key R., Klein B., Lupton J.E, Newton R., Rhein M., Roether W., Sano Y.J, Schlitzer R., Schlosser P., Swift J.
JournalEarth System Science Data
Date Published2019/04
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number1866-3508
Accession NumberWOS:000463513100001
Keywordsbomb tritium; euphotic zone; excess he-3; Geology; mass-spectrometry; Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences; north-atlantic; palladium cathodes ii; sargasso sea; transport; ventilation; water

Tritium and helium isotope data provide key information on ocean circulation, ventilation, and mixing, as well as the rates of biogeochemical processes and deep-ocean hydrothermal processes. We present here global oceanic datasets of tritium and helium isotope measurements made by numerous researchers and laboratories over a period exceeding 60 years. The dataset's DOI is, and the data are available at (last access: 15 March 2019) or alternately (last access: 13 March 2019) and includes approximately 60 000 valid tritium measurements, 63 000 valid helium isotope determinations, 57 000 dissolved helium concentrations, and 34 000 dissolved neon concentrations. Some quality control has been applied in that questionable data have been flagged and clearly compromised data excluded entirely. Appropriate metadata have been included, including geographic location, date, and sample depth. When available, we include water temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen. Data quality flags and data originator information (including methodology) are also included. This paper provides an introduction to the dataset along with some discussion of its broader qualities and graphics.

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