Space Weather & Heliophysics

Solar Total and Spectral Irradiance Reconstruction Over The Last 9,000 Years

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
November 8, 2018
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Solar Total and Spectral Irradiance Reconstruction Over The Last 9,000 Years
Earth and Sun

Changes in solar irradiance and in its spectral distribution are among the main natural drivers of the climate on Earth. However, irradiance measurements are only available for less than four decades, while assessment of solar influence on Earth requires much longer records.

The aim of this work is to provide the most up-to-date physics-based reconstruction of the solar total and spectral irradiance (TSI/SSI) over the last nine millennia. The concentrations of the cosmogenic isotopes 14C and 10Be in natural archives have been converted to decadally averaged sunspot numbers through a chain of physics-based models. TSI and SSI are reconstructed with an updated SATIRE model. Reconstructions are carried out for each isotope record separately, as well as for their composite.

We present the first ever SSI reconstruction over the last 9,000 years from the individual 14C and 10Be records as well as from their newest composite. The reconstruction employs physics-based models to describe the involved processes at each step of the procedure. Irradiance reconstructions based on two different cosmogenic isotope records, those of 14C and 10Be, agree well with each other in their long-term trends despite their different geochemical paths in the atmosphere of Earth.

Over the last 9000 years, the reconstructed secular variability in TSI is of the order of 0.11%, or 1.5 W/m2. After the Maunder minimum, the reconstruction from the cosmogenic isotopes is consistent with that from the direct sunspot number observation. Furthermore, over the nineteenth century, the agreement of irradiance reconstructions using isotope records with the reconstruction from the sunspot number by Chatzistergos et al. (2017) is better than that with the reconstruction from the WDC-SILSO series (Clette et al. 2014), with a lower chi-square-value.

C.-J. Wu, N. A. Krivova, S. K. Solanki, I. G. Usoskin
(Submitted on 8 Nov 2018)

Subjects: Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201832956
Cite as: arXiv:1811.03464 [astro-ph.SR] (or arXiv:1811.03464v1 [astro-ph.SR] for this version)
Submission history
From: Chi-Ju Wu
[v1] Thu, 8 Nov 2018 14:45:19 UTC (1,843 KB)

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