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SISAL 5th workshop: Assessing the role cave monitoring data can play in improving climatic interpretations from speleothem records

Dates:
09.11 - 13.11.2020  
Venue:
Jerusalem, Israel
Contact person:
Yuval Burstyn, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The PAGES' SISAL (Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and Analysis) working group will hold its fifth workshop, titled "Assessing the role cave monitoring data can play in improving climatic interpretations from speleothem records", from 9-13 November 2020 in Jerusalem, Israel.

*This workshop has been postponed until 2021, possibly in February. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.*

Venue

The Fredy & Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences, Jerusalem.

Logistics

This workshop for 35-40 participants is for SISAL members involved in cave monitoring projects and others focusing on climate model-data integrations. We will invite members of the cave-monitoring.org communuty and other experts in the field to share knowledge and participate in achieving SISAL phase 2 goals. SISAL is driven by ECRs and we are actively seeking to attract ECRs and researchers from developing countries with research interests that intersect with SISAL's objectives and those who might become involved in SISAL.

Local scientists from Israel will participate and contribute to the training sessions.

Local Organizing Committee-Israel

- Yuval Burstyn, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ECR)
- Dr. Yonatan Goldsmith, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ECR)
- Dr. Miryam Bar-Matthews, The Geological Survey of Israel

Description

SISAL Phase 1 focused on creating a speleothem database with standardised age models. In Phase 2, we hope to mine the latest version of the database to achieve the scientific goals (with nearly 700 records; Comas-Bru et al. 2020).

In Phase 2, SISAL plans to merge cave monitoring data and additional proxies (e.g. trace elements) with the speleothem database created during Phase 1. We aim to create and evaluate process-based climate and karst system models to improve our understanding of the climatic processes and drivers of the isotopic variability recorded in speleothems.

This workshop will facilitate discussion on how monitoring data can be utilized in tandem with the SISAL database. The main product of the workshop will be an interpretive framework for deriving past climatic information from cave deposits.

The workshop participants will be drawn from the speleothem and karst community and will include researchers involved in the creation of process models. To assess how cave monitoring data can be used to improve climatic interpretations from speleothem records, we will also invite leading experts in the field of cave monitoring, who will summarize previous efforts and the current state of research.

We are actively interacting with members of the cave monitoring community (cave-monitoring.org and others) and are inviting a number of cave and karst researchers for the workshop. We will also invite members of the PAGES community such as CVAS (Climate Variability Across Scales) working group.

Goals

The workshop will address three key topics:

1. Assess how cave monitoring data can be used to improve climatic interpretations from speleothem records.

2. Within the many chemical, mineralogical and isotopic properties of cave deposits, the workshop will focus on three main systems: 1. Oxygen isotopes in rainwater, drip water and modern cave deposits and the modern hydrological systematics in caves, 2. Carbon isotopes in bedrock, soils and cave deposits and the modern systematics of the carbon and calcium cycling in caves and 3. Trace elements cycling in the cave environment.

3. Explore the use of forward and inverse process-based modelling of the climate-karst-cave system. This will specifically focus on the evolution of oxygen and carbon isotopes and trace elements, and their relationship to changes in climate, vegetation and land use through time.

Planned products from the workshop include:

1. Collaboratively update the cave-monitoring.org database.
2. A work plan to incorporate monitoring data with the SISALv2 database. Important parameters, optimal resolution and preliminary infrastructure to link modern and paleo data sets.
3. Concrete plans for science papers evaluating how a global set of monitoring and speleothem data can be used to answer long-standing research questions in the field.
4. A 600-word workshop report for Past Global Changes Magazine.

Program

Further details will be provided when available.

The workshop will consist of research presentations, training sessions on cave monitoring and hydrochemical modeling, data collection and analysis sessions and discussions on future planning.

As a part of our ongoing effort to make the SISAL database accessible to all researchers, there will also a training session on querying the database and plotting data.

The last day of the workshop will be a symposium at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University with four open sessions:
- Workshop summary and presentation of SISAL Phase 1 studies.
- General paleoclimate related work from visiting researchers
- Spotlight on Israel related studies chaired by the ESI research staff
- Open general poster session

For a list of key speakers and participants see end of page.

Registration

Registration will open September 2020.

Financial support

We intend to support travel costs of ECRs and researchers from developing countries, for which we have reserved 15 places. Individual funding amounts will be assessed on a case by case basis. PAGES has provided some financial support. Details on how to apply for financial support will be provided here by October 2020.

Further information

Contact the local organizer Yuval Burstyn for workshop related questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General questions about SISAL can be sent to SISAL Phase 2 Steering committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out more about SISAL and sign up to its mailing list.

Key speakers/participants

Cave monitoring remains a small community but with a global reach. We have contacted groups carrying out cave monitoring studies in different regions and we hope to involve their current ECRs and local monitoring members in the workshop.

Israel:

- Prof. Amos Frumkin, Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Dr. Avner Ayalon, Geological Survey of Israel.
- Prof Hagit Affek, Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Dr. Ron Shaar, Institute of Earth Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Europe:

- Dr. Kira Rehfeld, Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany (ECR).
- Dr. Monika Markowska, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Department of Climate Geochemistry, Mainz, Germany (ECR) (Organizing Committee).
- Dr. Elan Levy, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Department of Climate Geochemistry, Mainz, Germany (ECR) (Organizing Committee)
- Dr. Sophie Warken, Institute of Earth Sciences and Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany (ECR) (Organizing Committee).
- Dr. Laia Comas-Bru, Department of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Reading, UK (ECR) (SISAL SC).
- Dr. Franziska Lechleitner, University of Bern, Switzerland (ECR) (SISAL SC).
- Dr. Maximilian Hansen, Institute of Geoscience, Mainz University, Germany (ECR); Research in laboratory cave-analogue experiments
- Janica Bühler, Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany (ECR).
- Prof. Denis Scholz, Institute of Geoscience, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
- Dr. Michael Deininger, Institute of Geoscience, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz; Germany.
- Dr. Sebastian Breitenbach, Northumbria University, UK.
- Dr. Ny Riavo G. Voarintso, KU Leuven, Belgium (ECR).

Asia:

- Dr. Nikita Kaushal, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (ECR) (SISAL SC).
- Yassine Ait Brahim, Xi’an Jiaotong University.
- Dr. Nitesh Sinha, Center for Climate Physics, Institute for Basic Science, South Korea (ECR).
- Dr. Xainfeng Wang, Earth Observatory of Singapore.

USA:

- Prof. Jessica Oster, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA (ECR).
- Dr. Kerstin Braun, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University, USA (ECR).

Oceania:

- Dr. Andy Baker, University of New South Wales, Australia (SISAL-external advisor).
- Brittany Marie Ward, Environmental Research Institute, University of Waikato, New Zealand (ECR; SISAL SC).
- Dr. Adam Hartland, Environmental Research Institute, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
- Dr. Pauline Treble, ANSTO, Australia (SISAL regional focus Australasia).

Central and South America:

- Dr. Valdir Novello, University of São Paulo, Brazil (ECR).