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Dates:
19.04 - 21.04.2017  
Venue:
Durham, UK
Contact person:
Erin McClymont, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES' PlioVAR (Pliocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales) working group will conduct a workshop, titled "Towards a synthesis of late Pliocene climate variability recorded in marine sediment archives" in Durham, UK, from 19-21 April 2017.

Logistics

The workshop will take place at the Department of Geography, Durham University. Participant numbers will be limited to around 20-25, in order to focus on generating synthesis products.

Overview

The overall aim of the PlioVAR working group is to develop a synthesis of our understanding of late Pliocene climate variability on glacial-interglacial timescales. The aim of this meeting is to bring together those who have been remotely leading efforts to synthesise existing multi-proxy data sets from marine sediment archives.

The meeting will focus on discussing and applying common protocols to the reporting of variability, uncertainty in age models and proxy values, and comparing regional responses to better understand mechanisms of change. Data-model comparison will be an important consideration for our discussions and outputs. The meeting will initiate and/or develop the writing up our planned synthesis papers through a series of break-out groups led by the regional leaders, and will also involve time for discussion on our key global perspectives.

We are keen to ensure that there is space at the meeting for those with emerging data sets, new projects in Pliocene climates and/or interest in supporting the synthesis to attend. We seek to balance that with a need to ensure that progress is made in developing outputs for the synthesis, hence an expected number of ~25 participants.

Key speakers/participants

- Erin McClymont (Durham University)
- Antoni Rosell-Mele (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
- Bjorg Risebrobakken (Bergen)
- Stijn de Schepper (Bergen)
- Benjamin Petrick (Mainz)
- Molly Patterson (Binghamton)
- George Swann (Nottingham)
- Heather Ford (Cambridge)
- Kaustubh Thirumalai (Uni. Texas)
- Kate Littler (Exeter)
- Francien Peterse (Utrecht)

Background

This meeting is the third for PlioVAR, preceded by planning for model simulations (workshop 1, February 2016) and a progress meeting on marine synthesis at ICP (September 2016). One outcome of the ICP meeting was a need to bring the synthesis leaders together to (1) discuss common ‘PlioVAR’ approaches and findings, and (2) generate the data syntheses for dissemination and data-model comparison. Bringing the synthesis groups together for discussion also ensures that we can identify potential cross-cutting themes or new findings which allow PlioVAR to take a global view on key regions/processes.

This workshop specifically targets the synthesis of marine data sets according to a set of approved PlioVAR protocols, and moves this work towards generating products for data-model comparison and published outputs. It is a direct contribution to our first scientific goal (“Synthesize late Pliocene climate data with orbital and sub-orbital scale resolution… for marine isotope stages M2-KM3 (glacial to interglacial transition) and the onset of northern hemisphere glaciation”).

Deadlines

1 March: Deadline for applications for financial support. Please fill out then email this form to Erin McClymont: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

10 March: Deadline for registration of interest. Please fill out then email this form to Erin McClymont: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further information

Go to the PlioVAR webpage or contact Erin McClymont: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.