Past as Prologue: Holocene Climate as Context for Future Climate Change

13.10 - 16.10.2014
Portland, USA
Contact person:
Shaun Marcott, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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The goal of the paleoclimate community has been to develop a longer-term perspective on climate change, and provide context for future warming beyond the instrumental record. Given that the Holocene is the closest analog for today’s climate state, we contend that continued, detailed analyses of the Earth System over this timeframe can provide information relevant to future global change to scientists, policy makers, and the general public. For instance, future global warming will be superimposed on natural climate variability that can be better understood by examining the Holocene.

In addition, the Holocene provides a natural benchmark against which to measure the ability of climate models, and interestingly, Holocene simulations to date tend to exhibit a smaller range of global temperature variability than the proxy data and display a long-term warming rather than the cooling seen in the paleorecord.

This workshop will bring together data collectors and modelers working on reconstructions of climate, ice, atmosphere, and ocean variability of the past 11,500 years.

The objectives of the workshop are threefold:

1) bring together key personnel working on the Holocene epoch to discuss and identify the past, present, and future directions of research on this interval;

2) establish collaborations and networking amongst the various groups to facilitate future and ongoing research plans; and

3) to develop a data-model synthesis for the Holocene that will guide future research in the area and be published in a major research journal.

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Registering / Abstract submission

Submit abstracts by June 21st. 

We seek abstracts and contributors working on Holocene ice, ocean, and climate reconstructions and complementary modeling efforts. Abstracts and presenters that place their work into a global or regional framework will be favored, as will contributions from early career scientists (PhD, Postdoc, new Assistant Professors). Some funding is currently available to support junior scientists to attend the meeting, and additional funding may become available.

Because of the small venue, the number of participants will be limited to 30-40 people. Acceptance to the workshop will be based upon the aforementioned criteria as well as the committee chairs’ and organizing committees’ charge to provide a balanced meeting where multiple scientific groups are represented.

Organizing Committee

Shaun Marcott (Oregon State University)
Jeremy Shakun (Boston College)
Heinz Wanner (University of Bern)


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