2011 GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis (9–12 October 2011)
Paper No. 237-10
Presentation Time: 10:40 AM-10:55 AM

THE DIGITAL INTEGRATED STRATIGRAPHY PROJECT (DISP): QUANTIFYING THE DEEP TIME HIGH-RESOLUTION CHRONOSTRATIGRAPHIC REVOLUTION

MUNNECKE, Axel1, CRAMER, Bradley D.2, SÖDERLUND, Ulf3, AIKEN, Carlos L.V.4, SCHOFIELD, D.I.5, KHARWAT, Ranyah6, and BOON, D.5, (1) GeoZentrum Nordbayern, Fachgruppe Paläoumwelt, Universität Erlangen, Loewenichstrasse 28, Erlangen, D-91054, Germany, (2) Kansas Geological Survey/Department of Geology, University of Kansas, 1930 Constant Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66047, cramerbd@gmail.com, (3) Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, Lund University, Lund, S-223 62, Sweden, (4) Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080, (5) British Geological Survey, Kingsley Dunham Centre, Keyworth, Nottingham, NG12 5GG, United Kingdom, (6) Geosciences and Arts and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-3021

The introduction of high-precision techniques (e.g. CA-ID-TIMS) for deep-time radiometric age dating has revolutionized geochronology in the past decade. Similarly, the proliferation of high-resolution chemostratigraphy as a non-biostratigraphic, chronostratigraphic tool, against which multiple biostratigraphic groups can be correlated, has begun to revolutionize deep time global chronostratigraphy as well. If the Cenozoic stratigraphic record of global change has taught us anything, it is that the global ocean-atmosphere-biosphere system operates on very short time scales, and responses to global perturbations typically occur within the ‘Milankovitch band’ (i.e. in less than 400kyr). Therefore, our efforts to decipher deep time global change events must be able to determine the precise order of events to understand cause-and-effect relationships (a chronostratigraphic endeavor), as well as determine the duration and timing of these events to understand rates of change (a geochronologic endeavor). We must be able to determine these parameters with temporal and stratigraphic resolution that meets or exceeds the response time of the Earth to the event under consideration. As a result, if we are to fully evaluate any global change event in Earth history, we must have geochronologic and chronostratigraphic resolution for the global stratigraphic record of the event that is on the order of a few hundred thousand years or less.

The Paleozoic high-resolution chronostratigraphic revolution has demonstrated that global, multi-proxy, typically cm-scale investigations of Paleozoic global change events are required to fully evaluate the cause-and-effect relationships within the Earth system. The practical realities of global, cm-scale, chronostratigraphic research however have historically limited the functional resolution of chronostratigraphic studies. The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project aims to eliminate stratigraphic ambiguity associated with sample position within a given outcrop and provide a digital workspace for integrating high-resolution chronostratigraphic and geochronologic data.

The Digital Integrated Stratigraphy Project (DISP) is a component of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Project 591 – The Early to Middle Paleozoic Revolution.

2011 GSA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis (9–12 October 2011)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 237
EARTHTIME Geochronology: Improving Age Interpretations through Integration and Intercalibration
Minneapolis Convention Center: Room 102D-F
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 569

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