Paleoclimate reconstructions using statistical biome-climate transfer functions


Sophie Stolzenberger is part of the CRC project B3 since September 2014. She studied Meteorology at the University of Bonn. In her diploma thesis she presented a statistical approach to relate climatic and botanical data with each other and focused on its verification.


Sophie Stolzenberger
Project B3

In the project B3 we analyse the environmental and climatic conditions in the Levant. Basis for this study is a 460 m long sediment core drilled in the Dead Sea. This core could be recovered within the framework of the ICDP deep drilling operation in 2010/2011.

For paleoclimate reconstructions and corresponding uncertainty information a probabilistic framework is necessary. This presentation looks at winter temperatures and precipitation reconstructed from pollen data. As the Dead Sea catchment area is quite large and characterised by distinctive vegetation zones, single taxa are combined to three main biomes. To obtain the relationship between these biomes and climate, the Bayesian biome model is used. This reconstruction technique will be explained briefly and first results will be discussed.

Event Information:

Date, Time: 01/06/2015, 14:00 h – 14:45 h

Location: Room S12, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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