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The warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities

Leeds, United Kingdom
Contact person
Heather Ford
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Save the date!

Please save the date for the hybrid Galileo Conference "The warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities” tentatively scheduled 24-26 August 2022.

"We realize these are uncertain times so we aim to facilitate in person and online participation. The in-person conference will take place in Leeds, United Kingdom. We’re hoping those of you that are interested in traveling to Norway to ICP may join us the week before in Leeds."


This conference is an opportunity to showcase the achievements of PlioVAR and PlioMIP2 and plan the next iteration individually for each community and together for data-model comparisons.

PlioVAR is a former PAGES working group which was active between 2015 and 2018.

About PlioVAR

PlioVAR aimed to co-ordinate a synthesis of terrestrial and marine data to characterise spatial and temporal variability of Pliocene climate. In order to create such a globally distributed, orbitally-resolved synthesis a community effort is required, ensuring high quality data sets can be integrated using a robust stratigraphy, which is essential to underpin future data/model comparisons.

Key aims

Building on key priorities identified by the community at the PAGES-sponsored workshop, Multi-proxy approach to the reconstruction of the Pliocene climate, held in Barcelona in September 2014, PlioVAR identified three over-arching goals:

1. Synthesize late Pliocene climate data with orbital and sub-orbital scale resolution. Specifically, we will tackle two key climate transitions which have known forcings and known chronostratigraphic uncertainty, and which are best constrained with respect to data density: marine isotope stages M2-KM3 (glacial to interglacial transition) and the onset of northern hemisphere glaciation.

2. Examine the tools and experimental design of new climate modeling studies to characterise Pliocene climate variability, including transient model simulations.

3. Identify early Pliocene intervals to which the approaches of (1) and (2) can be applied in PlioVAR Phase 2, to compare and contrast the long-term evolution of Pliocene climate and consider the role of ocean gateways and CO2 forcing in the evolution of the Earth system.

More information

If you’d like to continue to receive information about the conference, please register your interest here: 

We’re also interested in hearing from the community in terms of direction, objectives, advice and feedback, which you can contribute here: