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New paleoreconstructions from Antarctic ice and marine records

Objective

The objective of the Specific Targeted Research Project EPICA-MIS is to produce palaeoreconstructions and integrated climate analysis through marine and ice core studies. It will contribute to the development of novel paleoreconstruction methods by providing unique paleorecords and developing new proxies of critical properties of the climate system. The two Antarctic deep ice cores will be completed and they will for the first time reveal atmospheric records of greenhouse gases like CO2 and methane reaching 800,000 years back in time.

Novel multi-parameter and high-resolution records of climate-relevant parameters like ice isotopes, greenhouse gases, dust and soluble impurities will be produced from the new Antarctic ice cores. They will be compared and correlated with palaeoreconstructions from marine, Greenland and other Antarctic re A key task here is to produce common timescales for the records by comparing the individual datings and by investigating novel tephra and paleomagnetic correlation methods. The produced multiproxy reconstructions will provide an outstanding platform for understanding and modelling the past and present climate. Because the reconstructions from both ocean and ice cores will be integrated and will use novel indicators for instance for sea ice, Antarctic insolation, iron or opal isotopes, climatic issues like the carbon cycle, sea surface temperature, and the climatic coupling between the northern and southern hemispheres can be addressed with new perspectives.

As strategies for mitigation and adaptation to global change have to be based on predictions on future climate, the EPICA-MIS novel palaeoreconstructions will produce new evidence about climate dynamics and variability necessary to improve and test policy-relevant models. The Research Project described here goes a step further in integrating the European ice core research groups with marine palaeoclimate research groups, thus forming a strong European Research Area.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-GLOBAL-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
Address
Avenue Des Martyrs
Grenoble
France

Participants (13)

ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT FÜR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Am Alten Hafen 26
Bremerhaven
COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31/33 Rue De La Fédération
Paris
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE
Italy
Address
Via Isonzo 32
Roma
CONSORZIO PER L'ATTUAZIONE DEL PROGRAMMA NAZIONALE DI RICERCHE IN ANTARTIDE SCRL
Italy
Address
Via Anguillarese, 301
Roma
INSTITUT POLAIRE FRANCAIS PAUL EMILE VICTOR
France
Address
Technopole Brest Iroise
B.P.75 Plouzané
KOEBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Noerregade 10
Copenhagen K
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
NORWEGIAN POLAR INSTITUTE
Norway
Address
Polar Environmental Centre
Tromsø
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
Address
Trinity Lane, The Old Schools,
Cambridge
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue F.d.roosevelt, 50
Brussels
UNIVERSITY OF BERN
Switzerland
Address
Sidlerstrasse 5
Bern
UTRECHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
Utrecht