Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global

23.05 - 26.05.2016  
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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To coincide with PAGES' annual SSC meeting, PAGES will host a symposium addressing various aspects of paleoclimatology for the Central and Eastern European paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental community.


This meeting will be open for participation to anyone from the regional past global change community. If you wish to apply for an oral presentation slot or poster space please submit an abstract (see below).

Key speakers will be invited and oral presentations and posters will be selected by the Scientific Committee.

Saturday 21-Sunday 22 May: SSC Meeting (for PAGES SSC and invited guests).
Monday 23-Tuesday 24 May: Paleoscience Symposium.
Monday 23 May: Conference dinner - optional. Venue TBD.
Wednesday 25-Thursday 26 May: Optional overnight field trip. 

Session 1: Coordinated Global change research

The purpose of this session is to present the international research platforms Future Earth (of which PAGES is a core project) and WCRP (a PAGES partner), and the activities of PAGES itself. This session is also open to other contributions relevant to the theme of the symposium.

Session 2: The climate system from a paleo perspective

This session welcomes papers about research on the dynamics of the climate system from both the modeling and proxy data point of view. It includes global or regional climate modeling, with a special focus on Southeastern Europe.

Session 3: Landscapes, biota and biosphere interactions

The focus of this session is on biotic interactions and ecosystem variability in the past. It addresses the interactions within the biosphere system (in the broad sense), between the biosphere and the climate systems, as well as their feedbacks both from an observational and a modeling point of view. Papers on vegetation history and biotic response to climate in the past, in particular at the regional level, are also welcome.

Session 4: Interactions between humans and the environment

This session covers long-term environmental changes due to (at least partly) human activities and the societal impacts of these environmental changes. Regional case studies are particularly encouraged.

Session 5: Outreach - communicating past global change research to stakeholders

This session is dedicated to the question of how paleoscience can interact and communicate with stakeholders. Case studies, where results of paleo work were used by stakeholders, are welcome.

Session 6: Thresholds and extremes as examples of PAGES’ integrative activities

This session aims to highlight activities that provide insight into the future through the study of extreme events and thresholds in the past, their early detection, assessment of risk and the probability of occurrence.


Talks 15 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of discussion 

Day 1 - Monday 23 May

Opening ceremony
Daniel Veres and Marcel Mindrescu
Welcoming address by the management of USAMV and invited guests
Session 1 - Coordinated Global change research. Chaired by: Sheri Fritz and Daniel Veres
Enhanced cooperation among climate and paleoclimate communities with specific opportunities for the Pannonian Basin
David Carlson
Coordinated global change research – the ICSU perspective
Kari Raivio
PAGES and the paleoscience community
Marie-France Loutre
PAGES 2k - Overview of recent products and progress
Michael Evans and the PAGES 2k Working Groups
Coffee Break - Poster session
Arctic Holocene paleoclimate synthesis - a PAGES endorsed project
Darrell Kaufman and the PAGES 2k Working Groups
PMIP4 simulations: what is new?
Pascale Braconnot
Session 2 - The climate system from a paleo perspective. Chaired by: Katrin Meissner and Liping Zhou
Radiocarbon dated late-glacial Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) chronology from Central Poland
Marek Krąpiec, Elżbieta Szychowska-Krąpiec, Joanna Barniak, Danuta J. Michczyńska, Adam Michczyński, Jacek Pawlyta, Natalia Piotrowska, Tomasz Goslar and Bogusława Waliszewska
The Crvenka loess-paleosol sequence (Vojvodina, Northern Serbia)- a record of continuous domination of the Late Pleistocene grasslands
Slobodan Markovic, Pál Sümegi, Thomas Stevens, Igor Obreht, Wei Chu, Björn Buggle, Michael Zech, Roland Zech, Ulrich Hambach, Frank Lehmkuhl, Christian Zeeden, Milivoj Gavrilov, Zorica Svircev
Radiocarbon dated malacological records of two Late Pleistocene loess-paleosol sequences from SW-Hungary: paleoecological inferences
Dávid Molnár, Pál Sümegi, István Fekete, Amy Prendergast, Balázs P. Sümegi
Refining the Quaternary Geomagnetic Instability Time Scale: The Laschamp Excursion Dated from a Speleothem Record
Ioan Lascu
Reconstructed and simulated temperature asymmetry between continents in both hemispheres over the last centuries
Hugues Goosse
Reflection of climatic changes during Interpleniglacial in geoecosystems of Southern Poland
Michczyńska Danuta J., Leszek Starkel and Piotr Gębica
Towards multi-proxy based millennial time scales in Late Pleistocene Danubian Loess-Palaeosol Sequences
Ulrich Hambach, Christian Zeeden, Daniel Veres, Igor Obreht, Slobodan B. Marković, Peter Fischer and Frank Lehmkuhl
Processes and controlling factors of lacustrine sedimentary dynamics over the last ~6000 years in Lake Ighiel, Apuseni Mts, Romania
Aritina Haliuc, Daniel Veres, Katalin Hubay, Robert Begy, Achim Brauer, Simon M. Hutchinson and Mihaly Braun
Coffee Break - Poster session
Millennial-scale changes in temperature during Termination 1: a case study from the western South Atlantic and the adjacent continent
Cristiano Chiessi, S. Mulitza, G. Mollenhauer, J. B. Silva, J. Groeneveld, and M. Prange
A 1500 year aeolian history as recorded in a peat bog from northern Romania: dust fluxes and deposition control in comparison with Western Europe
Andrei Marian Panait, Simon Mark Hutchinson, Ioan Tanţău, Andrei Cosmin Diaconu and Angelica Feurdean
Three climatic cycles recorded in a loess-palaeosol sequence at Semlac (Romania) – implications for dust accumulation in the Carpathian Basin and the northern Hemisphere
Christian Zeeden, Hambach, U., Kels, H., Schulte, P., Eckmeier, E., Marković, S.B., Klasen, N. and Lehmkuhl, F.
A MIS 5e high-altitude speleothem δ13C-δ18O record from the Romanian Carpathians
Virgil Drăgușin, Hoffmann D. L., Ersek V., Vereş D., Perșoiu A., Nagavciuc V. and Bădăluţă C.
Monsoon-driven paleoproductivity changes in the central Red Sea during MIS 4 - MIS 6
Lóránd Silye, Michael Siccha and Michal Kučera
Tracing the influence of Mediterranean climate on Southeast Europe during the past 350,000 years
Igor Obreht, Christian Zeeden, Ulrich Hambach, Daniel Veres, Slobodan B. Marković, Janina Bösken, Nikola Bačević, Milivoj B. Gavrilov and Frank Lehmkuhl

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 May

Session 3 - Landscapes, biota and biosphere interactions. Chaired by: Lindsey Gillson and Gabriela Florescu
Vegetation dynamics and plant species distribution under changing climates
Willy Tinner
Community- and population-level response of marine plankton to stress exposure: learning from the past
Michal Kucera and Manuel F.G. Weinkauf
Late Pleistocene vegetational history and ecosystem variability in the karst areas of Ukraine, based on palaeontological studies of cave deposits
Natalia Gerasimenko, Bogdan Ridush and Yulia Avdeyenko
Our way to Europe: Research for a better understanding of human dispersal
Frank Schabitz and the CRC806 team
Landscapes and Paleolandscapes in south-eastern Europe during Late Quaternary and their relevance for human habitats and dispersal
Frank Lehmkuhl, Christian Zeeden, Thomas Hauck, Janina Bösken, Igor Obreht, Ulrich Hambach, Slobodan Marković and Daniel Veres
Coffee Break - Poster session
Session 5 - Outreach - communicating past global change research to stakeholders. Chaired by: Marie-France Loutre and Marcel Mindrescu
What can we learn about the 1.5°C global warming target from the past
Hubertus Fischer
Past and future climate projections and their relevance for human society – a journey in time
Roxana Bojariu
Sessions 4 and 6 - Interactions between humans and the environment and Thresholds and extremes as examples of PAGES’ integrative activities. Chaired by: Asfawossen Asrat and Peter Gell
Climate change and human occupation in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert
Claudio Latorre, Calogero Santoro, Eugenia M. Gayó, José Capriles, Paula Ugalde & Pablo Marquet
Anthropogenic impact and environmental pollution over Southeastern Europe during the last 8000 years
Daniel Veres, Jack Longman, Catherine Chauvel, Zachary Atlas, Aritina Haliuc, Vasile Ersek, Cãlin Gabriel Tãmaș, Florin Gogâltan, Eniko Magyari, Robert Begy and Frank Schäbitz
Palaeoecological assessment of prehistoric and historic human impact in the high elevation areas of the Northern Carpathians, Romania
Gabriela Florescu, Simon M. Hutchinson, Marcel Mîndrescu, Mihaly Braun and Angelica Feurdean
What can long term data contribute to the “Land-sharing versus Land Sparing” debate?
Lindsey Gillson
Advances in fire history research and their application for ecosystem management and conservation
Cathy Whitlock and Willy Tinner
Anthropic signature on the Danube delta evolution and Danube mouths dynamics
Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe, Luminiţa Preoteasa, Florin Tătui, Florin Zăinescu
Remotely Sensing the Ancient Interactions between Humans and the Environment during the Roman Period at Porolissum
Anamaria Roman, Tudor Mihai Ursu, Sorina Fărcaş, Vlad Andrei Lăzărescu and Coriolan Horaţiu Opreanu
Coffee Break - Poster session
From the Neolithic to the Anthropocene: humans and depositional processes in Iberian mountain watersheds
Blas Valero-Garcès, Fernando Barreiro-Lostres, Ana Moreno, Penélope González-Sampériz, Graciela Gil-Romera
Paleolimnological record of the climate and pre-historic settlement from chalk karst region (Chełm Hills, SE Poland)
Magdalena Suchora
Landscape transformations and archaeological settlements in the Upper Danube Delta during Early to Middle Holocene: a palaeoecological insight
Laurent Carozza, Jean-Michel Carozza, Erwan Messager, Mihaela Danu, Albane Burens and Cristian Micu
A first record of mass wasting events in peat records from the Romanian Carpathians throughout the late Holocene
Jack Longman, V. Ersek, D. Veres, U. Salzmann
Discussion on science opportunities for Romania and for PAGES



All authors
Bormann Marc
Vegetation and climate history in the Carpathians during MIS 3-2 — a multi-proxy study of a sediment sequence from Mohoş crater, Romania
Marc Bormann, Maria Papadopoulou, Daniel Veres, Sabine Wulf, Nicole Klasen, Katalin Hubay, Volker Wennrich, Stephan Opitz, Enikö Magyari, Kostas Panagiotopoulos, Dávid Karátson, Frank Schäbitz
Bösken Janina
Paleoenvironmental anaysis of two loess profiles at the Ságvár Lyukas Hill in western Hungary
Janina Bösken, Christian Zeeden, Pál Sümegi, Nicole Klasen, Frank Lehmkuhl 
Brad Traian
Fungi in perennial cave ice
Traian Brad, Corina Ițcuș, Mădălina-Denisa Pascu, Aurel Perșoiu, Alexandra Hillebrand-Voiculescu, Cristina Purcărea
Braun Mihály
Coring and chronology of Mohoș peat bog, East Carpathians
Braun Mihály, Hubay Katalin, Harangi Sándor, Palcsu László, Túri Marianna, Molnár Mihály
Danu Mihaela
Interactions between humans and environment in Middle Holocene: comparative study of two Chalcolithic sites to the East of Carpathians
Mihaela Danu, George Bodi, Luminita Bejenaru
Diaconu Andrei Cosmin
Using testate amoebae to infer Holocene palaeohydrological history in the Northern Carpathians, Romania
Andrei Cosmin Diaconu, Ioan Tanţău, Mariusz Lamentowicz, Andrei Panait, Eliza Kuske, Angelica Feurdean
Fiłoc Magdalena
Environment changes in middle Holocene – evidence from two small dystrophic lakes in the Wigry National Park, NE Poland
Magdalena Fiłoc, Mirosława Kupryjanowicz, Krystyna Szeroczyńska, Magdalena Suchora, Monika Rzepniewska
Florescu Gabriela
Fire as a driver of ecosystem dynamics in Central and Eastern Europe throughout the Lateglacial and Holocene
Gabriela Florescu, Angelica Feurdean
Forray Ferenc L. 
Bat guano δ13C and δ15N values as climate proxy
Ferenc L. Forray, Bogdan P. Onac, Daniel M. Cleary, Jonathan G. Wynn
Gachev Emil
Rock glacier lakes – A distinct lake subtype: A case study at Hridsko Jezero (Bogicevica Mountain, Montenegro)
Emil Gachev, Predrag Djurović
Gikov Alexander
Rock glaciers in the Bulgarian high mountains
Alexander Gikov, Petar Dimitrov
Holobâca Iulian
Changes in the precipitation variability in Romania and its Relation to the Circulation Weather Types
Iulian-Horia Holobâcă, Dănuț Petrea, Raularian Rusu
Hubay Katalin
Chronology and inorganic geochemistry of four sediment sequences from the Retezat Mts, South Carpathians (Romania)
Katalin Hubay, Mihály Molnár, Ildikó Orbán, Mihály Braun, Enikő Magyari
Kholiavchuk Dariia
Inter-annual fluctuations in the internal climate variability of the Eastern Carpathians foreland
Dariia Kholiavchuk
Longman Jack
Base metal pollution as a result of historical ore smelting in the Romanian Carpathians throughout the Holocene
J.Longman, D.Veres , V.Ersek, C. Chauvel, U.Salzmann  
Maha Ahmed Mohamed Abdallah
Lake Maryout is a Substantiation for Environmental Destruction 
Maha Ahmed Mohamed Abdallah
Margielewski Włodzimierz
The development of gravitational caves versus periods of mass movement intensification during the humid phases of the Late Glacial and the Holocene: study of dated speleothems and slope deposits (Polish Outer Carpathians)
Włodzimierz Margielewski, Jan Urban, Valentina Zernitskaya, Karel Żak
Margielewski Włodzimierz
The Late Glacial and Early Holocene palaeoenvironmental changes recorded in landslide peat bog (landslide fen) deposits in the northern parts of the Polish Outer Carpathians (Southern Poland)
Włodzimierz Margielewski, Andrzej Obidowicz, Valentina Zernitskaya, Katarzyna Korzeń
Mărgărint Mihai Ciprian
Using high resolution LIDAR DEM to reconstruct historical network of lakes and wetlands in the Northern part of the Moldavian Plateau, NE Romania
Mihai Ciprian Mărgărint, Mihai Niculiţă
Michczyńska Danuta J.
Palaeoenvironmental changes of Orawa-Nowy Targ Basin in the Late Glacial and Holocene recorded in sediments of Grel raised bog
Danuta J. Michczyńska, Włodzimierz Margielewski, Katarzyna Korzeń, Adam Michczyński, Ryszard K. Borówka, Julita Tomkowiak, Andrzej Obidowicz
Mindrescu Marcel
Linking glacial deposits and lake sediments for paleoclimate reconstruction in the Northern Romanian Carpathians
Mindrescu Marcel, Anselmetti Flavio, Zamosteanu Andrei, Naki Akcar, Sally Lowick
Molnár Dávid 
Paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental fluctuations inferred for the Middle and Late Pleniglacial transition and Late Pleniglacial (MIS3/MIS2 and MIS2) based on high-resolution (ca. 35 and 70 years) complex sedimentological and paleoecological data from the loess profile of Katymár brickyard (Hungary)
Sümegi Pál, Molnár Dávid, Náfrádi Katalin, Törőcsik Tünde, Persaits Gergő, Sümegi Balázs Pál, Bíró Nikoletta, Tapody Réka, Molnár Mihály, Vandeberghe Jeff, Liping Zhou
Németh Alexandra 
Petrographical comparison of four recent stalagmites from Baradla Cave Hungary - implications for the paleoclimate interpretation
Alexandra Németh, Attila Demény, György Czuppon, Zoltán Kern, Szabolcs Leél-Őssy, Mihály Molnár
Niculiță Mihai
Pleistocene landslides in the Moldavian Plateau, Eastern Romania
Niculiță Mihai, Mărgărint Ciprian Mihai, Santangelo Michele
Plesiński Karol
Adjustment of the river channel due to block ramps introduction: Porębianka mountain creek, Polish Carpathians
Karol Plesiński, Artur Radecki-Pawlik
Popescu Razvan
Rock glaciers evolution in Late Glacial and Holocene inferred from the new palaeoclimatic data
Răzvan Popescu, Alfred Vespremeanu-Stroe, Nicolae Cruceru, Olimpiu Pop
Ridush Bogdan
New Middle Pleistocene records from the North-East foothills of Carpathian Mountains
Bogdan Ridush, Yana Popiuk, Oksana Nykolyn
Robu Marius
Cave sediments and fossils as karst archives: the Urșilor and Muierilor caves, Romania
Marius Robu, Ionuţ-Cornel Mirea, Alexandru Petculescu, Marius Kenesz, Cristian-Mihai Munteanu, Razvan Arghir, Luchiana Faur, Silviu Constantin
Sekeryapan Ceran
Non-marine Ostracoda in Sağlık plain, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, since the Late Glacial to mid-Holocene
Ceran Sekeryapan, Harm Jan Streurman, Johannes Van Der Plicht, Henk Woldring
Timar-Gabor Alida
Optically stimulated luminescence dating techniques and multi-proxy analysis to quantify the timing of the last two major climatic transitions, as recorded by loess-palaeosol sequences 
Timar-Gabor A., Constantin D., Anechitei-Deacu V., Veres D., Groza S. M., Begy R.C., 1,2, Buylaert J.P., Marković S.B., Hao Q., Guo Z.T.
Zeeden Christian
Challenges of loess formation models for the carpathian basin 
Zeeden, C., Marković, S.B., Obreht, I., Hambach, U., Lehmkuhl, F.



Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, Romania
University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca
Venue info:

Field trip

The excursion will be in the Apuseni Mountains. The fee covers costs of return transportation from Cluj-Napoca, accommodation for one night and some meals (dinner, breakfast and snacks).

The field trip is a two-day event (25 and 26 May 2016). The participants will leave the hotel in Cluj-Napoca on Wednesday morning and will travel for two days in the Apuseni Mountains ( visiting UNESCO sites, caves with palaeoclimatological potential, gorges, karst landscapes, and enjoying traditional Transylvanian architecture and Romanian cuisine.

In the evening of 26 May 2016, participants will return to Cluj-Napoca. Those who require accommodation for an extra night in Cluj-Napoca on 26 May need to inform the organizers in advance so they can arrange for this service.

Outreach event

An event involving the local community is being planned. More information to be provided.

Further information

For more information about the symposium, go to the official website: