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Reconstructing climate – Bath Spa University

Reconstructing climate from Late Glacial subfossil trees

Wednesday 7 October, 2020 – Wednesday 7 October, 2020
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Part of the Hazard, Risk and Disaster (HRD) Research Seminar Series 2020-21.

Significant attention in paleoclimate research has focused on the transitional period between the last glaciation and the current Holocene interglacial, known as the Late Glacial (LG: ~14,000 – 11,000 calendar years before present (cal BP)). In the northern hemisphere, the gradual warming was interrupted by numerous cold episodes, including a significant reversal to near glacial conditions known as the Younger Dryas (~12 900 – 11 700 cal BP) as evidenced in Greenland ice core and European lake records.

In this talk, Maren Pauly discussed this intriguing climate period recorded in high-resolution subfossil tree-ring stable isotopes (δ18O, δ13C), as well as subsequent reconstructions of relative humidity and precipitation. Regional disparities and drivers in rate and magnitude of LG climate events were also discussed.

A video of the talk is available below.

About the speaker

Dr Maren Pauly is a lecturer in Plant Sciences and member of the Hazard, Risk and Disaster Research Group at Bath Spa University, and also a consultant for Beta Analytic, an international radiocarbon dating laboratory. She was formerly at Freie Universitat Berlin and the German Research Centre for Geosciences for her PhD in Paleontology, and spent time doing visiting research at ETH Zurich, WSL Birmensdorf and the University of Cambridge. Maren previously completed her MSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and the University of Glasgow (Scotland) and her BSc in joint Earth Sciences and Geography at the University of Waterloo.

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