Quantitative climate reconstructions using plant remains: assumptions, pitfalls and solutions

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PD Dr. Norbert Kühl
Steinmann Institute
University of Bonn

Botanical fossils have long been appreciated and used as proxy data for quantitative climate reconstructions because of the close relationship between plant occurrence and climate. In fact, plant fossils have been in use for quantitative climate reconstructions for about a century now. Over time, increasingly sophisticated methods have been developed for successfully transferring pollen and macro fossil data into climatic information.

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Vegetation history of northwest Turkey and the southern Levant since the Last Glacial

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Andrea Miebach is a PhD student in the CRC project B3. She studied biology at the University of Bonn and started her PhD project in October 2013. The key task of the B3 project is to reveal environmental conditions during times of human dispersal in the southern part of the eastern trajectory. Here, long and high-resolution continental records are rare. The study of pollen and other palynomorphs give us the opportunity not only to investigate how the vegetation looked like, but it also gives us insights into climate conditions and human occupation.

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Paleoclimate modelling and aeolian dust as climate proxy

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One of the objectives of the CRC 806 is, based on paleoclimate modelling and paleoclimate proxies, to understand how paleoclimate changed and how paleoclimatic and environmental conditions impacted the movement of homo-sapiens. The purpose of the workshop is to provide colleagues of similar interests with a platform for exchange of ideas.

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