CLIVASH2k workshop: Climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the past 2000 years

04.09 - 05.09.2018  
Cambridge, UK
Contact person:
Liz Thomas, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Workshop report: 
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The PAGES 2k Network project CLIVASH2k will hold a workshop "Climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the past 2000 years" from 4-5 September 2018 in Cambridge, UK.


British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
Madingley Road
Cambridge CB3 0ET


This is an open meeting limited to 30-40 participants. Aspects of the workshop will be open to staff and students from the British Antarctic Survey and the University of Cambridge, to ensure engagement and information sharing between a wide range of science (atmospheric, biology, oceanography, geology etc) and non-scientific disciplines (engineering, administration, logistics).

This joint workshop brings together CLIVASH2k and the SCAR research programs AntClim21 and PAIS.


The CLIVASH2k working group aims to improve our understanding of large-scale modes of climate variability and the mechanisms and drivers of climate change in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the wider Southern Hemisphere during the past 2000 years.

The kick-off workshop iat the POLAR2018 conference in June 2018 engaged members of the community from a wide range of disciplines (ice cores, terrestrial, marine and modeling) to share ideas and propose activitites for the CLIVASH2K working group. This two-day workshop in Cambridge will provide an opportunity to develop these ideas in more detail with the aim of producing tangible results; including assigning project leaders and initiating synthesis products to be completed during the following year.

Key speakers

- Barbara Stenni (Venice, Italy)
- Brooke Medley (NASA, USA)
- Zicheng Yu (Lehigh, USA)
- Bianca Perren (UK/Swiss)


The aim of the meeting is to generate synthesis publications relating to climate variability in the Southern Hemisphere. The workshop in Davos will initiate the process and identify working group leaders. Thus the meeting in Cambridge will provide more in depth discussion time and an opportunity to start the synthesis publications (to be completed during 2019).


To be advised. The aim is to review and evaluate our current understanding of the drivers of Southern Hemisphere climate variability, through short presentations, posters and discussion sessions.

Financial support

Limited funding has been provided by PAGES for the attendance of some early-career researchers. When registering, please write a brief summary of how your research fits with the CLIVASH2K goals and an estimate of costs.

Deadline for financial support requests will remain open until the registration deadline.


Registration includes morning and afternoon refreshments, buffet lunch and an evening dinner on 4 September.

Standard registration fee £65 per person (plus fees)
Student fee (for students currently enrolled for a PhD) £15 per person (plus fees)

Registration closes 17 August:

This also includes a section about financial support (see above).


Churchill College is one of the largest Cambridge campuses, just a short walk (~20 mins) from the British Antarctic Survey and close to the city centre. A limited number of discounted rate bed and breakfast accommodation is available for workshop participants, bookable via the registration page (see "Registration" section, above).

£200 per person for three nights (Monday 3rd, Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th September)
Single, ensuite rooms with self-service breakfast and free wifi:

Rooms can also be booked directly with the college (subject to availability), including double and twin rooms:

Further information

Contact workshop organizer Liz Thomas: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post-meeting material

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More than 40 scientists from across the globe attended this workshop, with a series of talks and discussions centred on climate variability in Antarctica and the southern Hemisphere over the past 2000 years. The meeting brought together researchers working on a range of different paleoclimate archives, including ice cores, peat, lake sediments and marine records, with climatologists, data assimilation experts and climate modelers. Financial support from PAGES, AntClim21 and PAIS ensured active participation from early-career researchers, with travel grants awarded to five ECRs from Peru, America, Australia, and Jordan. A full workshop report will be available on the CLIVASH2k webpage shortly.