Université de Fribourg

Stable isotope study of a new chondrichthyan fauna (Kimmeridgian, Porrentruy, Swiss Jura): an unusual freshwater-influenced isotopic composition for the hybodont shark Asteracanthus

Leuzinger, Léa ; Kocsis, L. ; Billon-Bruyat, Jean-Paul ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Vennemann, T.

In: Biogeosciences, 2016, vol. 12, no. 23, p. 6945–6954

Chondrichthyan teeth (sharks, rays, and chimaeras) are mineralized in isotopic equilibrium with the surrounding water, and parameters such as water temperature and salinity can be inferred from the oxygen isotopic composition (δ18Op) of their bioapatite. We analysed a new chondrichthyan assemblage, as well as teeth from bony fish (Pycnodontiformes). All specimens are from Kimmeridgian coastal...

Université de Fribourg

Identification of glacial meltwater runoff in a karstic environment and its implication for present and future water availability

Finger, D. ; Hugentobler, A. ; Huss, Matthias ; Voinesco, A. ; Wernli, Heini ; Fischer, D. ; Weber, E. ; Jeannin, Pierre-Yves ; Kauzlaric, M. ; Wirz, A. ; Vennemann, T. ; Hüsler, F. ; Schädler, B. ; Weingartner, R.

In: Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 2013, vol. 17, no. 8, p. 3261–3277

Glaciers all over the world are expected to continue to retreat due to the global warming throughout the 21st century. Consequently, future seasonal water availability might become scarce once glacier areas have declined below a certain threshold affecting future water management strategies. Particular attention should be paid to glaciers located in a karstic environment, as parts of the...