Isotopic 'events' in the GRIP ice core: a stratotype for the Late Pleistocene

Quaternary Science Reviews, Viewpoint, Vol. 18, p. 1143-1150, 1999 

M.J.C. Walker
Department of Geography, University of Wales, Lampeter, Ceredigion SA48 7ED, Wales, UK.
S. Björck
Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Øster Voldgade 10, DK-1350 Copenhagen, Denmark.
J.J. Lowe
Department of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK.
L.C. Cwynar
Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada E3B 6E1.
S. Johnsen
Departement of Geophysics, The Niels Bohr Institute of Astronomy, Physics and Geophysics, University of Copenhagen.
K.-L. Knudsen
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
B. Wohlfarth
Department of Quaternary Geology, Lund University, Tornavägen 13, S-223-62, Lund, Sweden.

An event stratigraphy for the Last Termination, based on the stratotype of the GRIP ice-core record, has been outlined for the North Atlantic region. It is suggested that such an approach to stratigraphic subdivision may offer a more satisfactory alternative to conventional stratigraphical procedures for those parts of the recent Quaternary record that are characterised by rapid and/or short-term climatic fluctuations.