Modelling mineral dust as a paleo climate indicator and comparison with sediment proxies

banner_forIRTGweb_talkErik_2015-Nov-23Erik J. Schaffernicht is a PhD candidate in meteorology at the Institute for Geophysics and Meteorology of the University of Cologne, Germany.
He is member of the project Palaeoclimate and Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions Using a Computational Regional Environmental Modelling System (Project E6) of the Collaborative Research Centre 806 (CRC806), Our Way to Europe.

Erik Schaffernicht

Erik Schaffernicht, Project E6

His research focus is palaeoclimate modelling on a regional scale. He aims to link the proxy data results of his CRC806-colleagues with the outcome of climate simulations. The analysis and interpretation of large-scale meteorological patterns lead to further insights on prehistorical human mobility.
Currently, Erik is contributing to the CRC806 by focussing on the mineral dust cycle during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) in Europe. One case study is planned for the Pannonian basin.
His talk begins with a short introduction on General Circulation Models followed by the construction of initial and boundary conditions on a regional scale for the LGM. Finally, a preview on modelled sources and sinks of mineral dust in Europe is presented.
Taking into account the knowledge of his CRC806-colleagues, especially the knowledge of those that are not part of the E6 project, Erik anticipates an interdisciplinary discussion on sediment- versus modelling-results.
Key issues to discuss are interpretation of mineral dust patterns, the differences in meteorological variables during the LGM compared to today, and questions on how certain and overarching the interpretation of laboratory analyses on sediments are, compared to the outcome of numerical simulations for the LGM.

Event Information:

Date, Time: 23/11/2015, 14:45 h – 15:30 h

Location: Room S22, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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