Through the use of coral samples in both the Atlantic Ocean and the South China Sea, Dr. Goodkin and her collaborators have extracted sub-annual data that can provide insights to climate behavior on seasonal to decadal time scales Her team uses paleoclimate proxies (e.g., stable isotopes) to reconstruct the climate of the last 500 years by utilizing coral skeletons as recorders of the environment. Dr. Goodkin and her collaborators strive to unveil the biological influences on chemical fossils in coral skeletons, as understanding the intersection will improve the reliability of reconstructions. In addition, the group works with general circulation models (GCM) to evaluate future oceanic changes.

Dr. Goodkin focuses on understanding how changes to mean sea surface temperature, salinity and circulation interact with the Southeast Asian Monsoon. As warm water from the Pacific Ocean is pushed through the marginal seas of Southeast Asia towards the Indian Ocean, heat is transferred from the ocean to land driving precipitation patterns. Understanding how these systems have changed and interacted in the past will be critical to predicting climate in the future. 


EOS Knowledge Capsule: Unlocking Climate Secrets
Unlocking Climate Secrets


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Marine Geochemistry Laboratory (MARGE)
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Knowledge Capsules: Unlocking Climate Secrets

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Year 2021

Coral-based proxy calibrations constrain ENSO-driven sea surface temperature and salinity gradients in the Western Pacific Warm Pool

Ahmad T. Mohtar, Adam Switzer, Dhrubajyoti Samanta, Iulia-Madalina Streanga, James Cervino, Konrad A. Hughen, et al.

Year 2021

Understanding tropical convection through triple oxygen isotopes of precipitation from the Maritime Continent

He Shaoneng, Dhrubajyoti Samanta, Dominik Jackisch, Guangxin Liu, Nathalie F. Goodkin, Phyllis Kho, et al.

Year 2021

Environmental impact on the mechanical properties of Porites spp. corals

Molly A. Moynihan, Ali Miserez, Daniela N. Schmidt, Gareth N. Fabbro, J Q.I. Chua, Jani T.I. Tanzil, et al.

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