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Climate change - Learning from the past climate

Objective

Past4Future will combine multidisciplinary paleoclimate records from ice cores, marine cores, speleothems, pollen and other records, concentrating on a global distribution of the records, to reconstruct climate change and variability during the present interglacial (the Holocene) and the last interglacial (known as the Eemian in northwestern Europe and as marine isotope stage 5e in the marine sediment records). The records will be combined in integrated analyses aided by proxy modeling and assimilation, to gain understanding of the climate processes involved in the dynamics of interglacial climates. Earth system models (ESM) including physical and biogeochemical processes will be applied to simulate the past and present interglacial climate, and to confront and intercompare the simulations with climate changes as observed from the palaeodata; this will both advance the models and our understanding of the dynamics and predictability of the climate system. Focus will be on the most recent two interglacial periods, as these provide the highest-resolved most comprehensive data records. Moreover the last interglacial represents a situation where the mean state was warmer than at present in large regions due to orbital forcing, thereby allowing tests of climate system sensitivity to constrain projections of potential future ice sheet, sea-level, circulation and biogeochemical changes. The data and Earth system model results will be used improve our capabilities to project future global and regional warming from a better understanding of relevant paleoclimates, especially in relation to sea level changes, sea ice changes and thermohaline circulation changes.
The Past4Future program will draw together a world leading team of European and international partners in a concerted effort to advance our knowledge on the causes, processes and risks of abrupt changes in warm periods, such as those projected for the current and the next century. The program will inform the international debate on climate system stability and the dissemination of results will be targeted to both citizens and governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. It will leave a legacy of improved understanding of past drivers of sea level changes, changes of sea ice, and of greenhouse gas concentrations, and it will train a new generation of young climate researchers to further advance research and improved future predictions for the benefit of society and our capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate changes.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/palaeontology/paleoclimatology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geology/geomorphology/speleology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/geochemistry/biogeochemistry
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 894 390
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)

Participants (22)

UNI RESEARCH AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 540 527
Address
Nygardsgaten 112
5008 Bergen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eystein Jansen (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 582 504
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Rochet (Mr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 335 174
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aase Soerensen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET BERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 394 390
Address
Hochschulstrasse 6
3012 Bern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Doris Raetz (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 311 481
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Manuel Abad Ruiz (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 317 322
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Elena Masferrer Dodas (Ms.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 849
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ian Collinge (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 316 960
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mike Hobbs (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 299 880
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hugues Goosse (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 264 120
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Schulz (Dr.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 312 342
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claudia Piltz (Ms.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 320 125
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yvonne Kops (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 384 569
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Muriel Boyer (Ms.)
University College London
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 190 926
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Greta Borg-Carbott (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 339 105
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pietro Mario Rossi (Dr.)
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 319 862
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Catherine Audebert (Ms.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 103 980
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Monique Carew (Mrs.)
PAGES ASSOCIATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 96 403
Address
Zähringerstrasse 25
3012 Bern
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Michelle Kaufmann (Ms.)
EAST CHINA NORMAL UNIVERSITY ECNU
China
EU contribution
€ 25 000
Address
North Zhongshan Road 3663
200062 Shanghai
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Wei Gao (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Canada
Address
550 Cumberland Street (246-Ovpr)
K1N 6N5 Ottawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Thomas Mcdonald (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DU QUEBEC A MONTREAL*UQAM
Canada
Address
Centre Ville Station
H3C 3P8 Montreal
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Josée Savard (Ms.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hetty De Wilde (Ms.)