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DIOLS Report Summary

Project ID: 339206
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: Netherlands

Mid-Term Report Summary - DIOLS (Long chain diols as novel organic proxies for paleoclimate reconstructions)

The reconstruction of past climate conditions are of importance for predicting the rate and impact of the currently ongoing climate change. In this project we are developing a new set of tools based on specific compounds, long chain diols, which enables the accurate reconstruction of past climate conditions. We are testing and developing analytical protocols to analyse this compounds robustly. We use genetic and cultivation techniques to study the sources of the biomarker lipids. We also test potential problems such as selective compound degredation and the impact of environmental variables. Finally, the tested and developed proxies will be applied to reconstruct past paleoceanographic conditions from a variety of regions.

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