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A regional archeomagnetic model for Europe for the last 3000 years, SCHA.DIF.3K: Applications to archeomagnetic dating

Abstract : The available European database of archeomagnetic field values and instrumental data has been used to produce a regional model for the geomagnetic field in Europe for the last 3000 years (from 1000 B.C. to 1900 A.D., connecting with the epoch covered by the IGRF models). This new model, SCHA.DIF.3K, constitutes an improvement with respect to the previous regional archeomagnetic model SCHA.DI.00-F, which used relocated values and was only valid for the last 2000 years. The new model has been obtained by least sums of absolute deviation inversion of paleomagnetic data using spherical cap harmonics for the spatial representation of the field and sliding windows in time. An algorithm has been developed to jointly model the three archeomagnetic elements declination, inclination, and intensity. The resulting model provides the direction and intensity of the Earth's magnetic field over the European continent, northern Africa, and western Asia for the last 3000 years. The fit to the European archeomagnetic database is more accurate than that provided by global archeomagnetic models. In addition, this model represents a step forward in archeomagnetic dating studies (since the relocation error is avoided) and can also be used to study the rapid changes of the geomagnetic field (archeomagnetic jerks) that have been recently proposed.
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F. Javier Pavón-Carrasco, Maria Luisa Osete, J. Miquel Torta, Luis R. Gaya-Piqué. A regional archeomagnetic model for Europe for the last 3000 years, SCHA.DIF.3K: Applications to archeomagnetic dating. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, AGU and the Geochemical Society, 2009, 10, ⟨10.1029/2008GC002244⟩. ⟨insu-03604912⟩

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