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QUantitative paleoEnvironments from SpeleoThems


Public talks

Multiple talks. Due Months 10-12, Months 16-19, Months 26-32 Public talks will be delivered to the interested public whenever suitable.

Open days/school visits

Open Days and school visits in Waikato: annually (dependent on school visit schedule).

Science festival/summer school

Multiple activities during months 12,15,24,27,36 & 39 Science Festival at Cambridge and Science Summer School (Waikato). The QUEST partners will engage in a number of activities to inform the general public and to interact with school children. Activities include the Cambridge University Science Festival, which provides an opportunity for the general public to meet scientists; the Waikato Science Summer School, an intensive course for Year 13 pupils to carry out scientific projects; the Time Truck, a geological outreach programme for schools in Cambridgeshire; and a number of open days and school visits held at the various institutions. Popular science articles in popular caving magazines will inform the scientific community and interested non-scientists on our work in caves.

Time Truck

TimeTruck of the University of Cambridge: annually (whenever TimeTruck schedule permits).

Conferences/ Workshops

The consortium members will attend European and International conferences and workshops during years 2,3 and 4 of the project (in months 28, 30, 36, 40, 42, 44, 48) in order to disseminate the project work and findings. Major targeted conferences include the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, the Goldschmidt Conference, the NetSci flagship conference for Complex Networks, and the Sedgwick Club Conference. The results obtained in QUEST will be communicated via direct interactive discussions, training sessions and presentations. Additionally, we will present our findings in discussion groups and seminars, such as the Quaternary Discussion Group at Cambridge; funds are available at Cambridge to invite external guest speakers for such occasions. Visitors to the PIK Institute will discuss their strategies and analyses at the informal COmplex Network Informal Meetings (CONIM) and in the Paleoclimate Seminar in Mainz. These European activities will be complemented by seminars in New Zealand such as the Quaternary Techniques MSc Course, the Quaternary Techniques short course in Wellington, and the School of Science Seminar Series at Waikato, where technical staff, researchers, PhD and undergraduate students, as well as visitors will have the opportunity to gain insights into our techniques and main findings.

Journal publications

In months 24, 44 and 48 all partners will publish their findings in internationally peer-reviewed journals with open access option.

Project Progress Report Month 36

3rd year progress report for months 25-36.

Project progress report Month 12

First annual report on project progress during months 1-12

Publication on sampling/proxies

This deliverable summarizes the sampling strategies and proxy development in a publication.

Popular science articles

Due multiple months: articles planned for months 24,36 and 48 We will provide popular science articles that aim at interesting young people and non-professionals in our research. We aim at journals such as Cave and Karst Studies and other popular journals.


Climatic and in-cave influences on δ18O and δ13C in a stalagmite from northeastern India through the last deglaciation

Author(s): Franziska A. Lechleitner, Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Hai Cheng, Birgit Plessen, Kira Rehfeld, Bedartha Goswami, Norbert Marwan, Deniz Eroglu, Jess Adkins, Gerald Haug
Published in: Quaternary Research, Issue 88/03, 2017, Page(s) 458-471, ISSN 0033-5894
Publisher: Academic Press
DOI: 10.1017/qua.2017.72

Sr-isotope analysis of speleothems by LA-MC-ICP-MS: High temporal resolution and fast data acquisition

Author(s): Michael Weber, Jasper A. Wassenburg, Klaus Peter Jochum, Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Jessica Oster, Denis Scholz
Published in: Chemical Geology, Issue 468, 2017, Page(s) 63-74, ISSN 0009-2541
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.08.012

Multiplex recurrence networks

Author(s): Deniz Eroglu, Norbert Marwan, Martina Stebich, Jürgen Kurths
Published in: Physical Review E, Issue 97/1, 2018, ISSN 2470-0045
Publisher: APS Physics
DOI: 10.1103/physreve.97.012312

Coupled Mg/Ca and clumped isotope analyses of foraminifera provide consistent water temperatures

Author(s): Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Maryline J. Mleneck-Vautravers, Anna-Lena Grauel, Li Lo, Stefano M. Bernasconi, Inigo A. Müller, James Rolfe, Fernando Gázquez, Mervyn Greaves, David A. Hodell
Published in: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018, ISSN 0016-7037
Publisher: Pergamon Press Ltd.
DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2018.03.010

See–saw relationship of the Holocene East Asian–Australian summer monsoon

Author(s): Deniz Eroglu, Fiona H. McRobie, Ibrahim Ozken, Thomas Stemler, Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll, Sebastian F. M. Breitenbach, Norbert Marwan, Jürgen Kurths
Published in: Nature Communications, Issue 7, 2016, Page(s) 12929, ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12929

Quantification of lignin oxidation products as vegetation biomarkers in speleothems and cave drip water

Author(s): Inken Heidke, Denis Scholz, Thorsten Hoffmann
Published in: Biogeosciences, Issue 15/19, 2018, Page(s) 5831-5845, ISSN 1726-4189
Publisher: Copernicus Publications
DOI: 10.5194/bg-15-5831-2018

Holocene moisture changes in western China, Central Asia, inferred from stalagmites

Author(s): Yanjun Cai, John C.H. Chiang, Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Liangcheng Tan, Hai Cheng, R. Lawrence Edwards, Zhisheng An
Published in: Quaternary Science Reviews, Issue 158, 2017, Page(s) 15-28, ISSN 0277-3791
Publisher: Pergamon Press Ltd.
DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.12.014

Hydrological and climatological controls on radiocarbon concentrations in a tropical stalagmite

Author(s): Franziska A. Lechleitner, James U.L. Baldini, Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Jens Fohlmeister, Cameron McIntyre, Bedartha Goswami, Robert A. Jamieson, Tessa S. van der Voort, Keith Prufer, Norbert Marwan, Brendan J. Culleton, Douglas J. Kennett, Yemane Asmerom, Victor Polyak, Timothy I. Eglinton
Published in: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Issue 194, 2016, Page(s) 233-252, ISSN 0016-7037
Publisher: Pergamon Press Ltd.
DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2016.08.039

Sensitivity of Bunker Cave to climatic forcings highlighted through multi-annual monitoring of rain-, soil-, and dripwaters

Author(s): Sylvia Riechelmann, Andrea Schröder-Ritzrau, Christoph Spötl, Dana Felicitas Christine Riechelmann, Detlev Konrad Richter, Augusto Mangini, Norbert Frank, Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Adrian Immenhauser
Published in: Chemical Geology, Issue 449, 2017, Page(s) 194-205, ISSN 0009-2541
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2016.12.015

Exploring the impact of diagenesis on (isotope) geochemical and microstructural alteration features in biogenic aragonite

Author(s): Ann-Christine Ritter, Vasileios Mavromatis, Martin Dietzel, Ola Kwiecien, Felix Wiethoff, Erika Griesshaber, Laura A. Casella, Wolfgang W. Schmahl, Jennifer Koelen, Rolf D. Neuser, Albrecht Leis, Dieter Buhl, Andrea Niedermayr, Sebastian F. M. Breitenbach, Stefano M. Bernasconi, Adrian Immenhauser
Published in: Sedimentology, Issue 64/5, 2017, Page(s) 1354-1380, ISSN 0037-0746
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc.
DOI: 10.1111/sed.12356

Coping with dating errors in causality estimation

Author(s): D. A. Smirnov, N. Marwan, S. F. M. Breitenbach, F. Lechleitner, J. Kurths
Published in: EPL (Europhysics Letters), Issue 117/1, 2017, Page(s) 10004, ISSN 0295-5075
Publisher: EDP Sciences
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/117/10004

Tropical rainfall over the last two millennia: evidence for a low-latitude hydrologic seesaw

Author(s): Franziska A. Lechleitner, Sebastian F. M. Breitenbach, Kira Rehfeld, Harriet E. Ridley, Yemane Asmerom, Keith M. Prufer, Norbert Marwan, Bedartha Goswami, Douglas J. Kennett, Valorie V. Aquino, Victor Polyak, Gerald H. Haug, Timothy I. Eglinton, James U. L. Baldini
Published in: Scientific Reports, Issue 7/1, 2017, ISSN 2045-2322
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
DOI: 10.1038/srep45809

Lignin oxidation products as a potential proxy for vegetation and environmental changes in speleothems and cave drip water – a first record from the Herbstlabyrinth, central Germany

Author(s): Inken Heidke, Denis Scholz, Thorsten Hoffmann
Published in: Climate of the Past, Issue 15/3, 2019, Page(s) 1025-1037, ISSN 1814-9324
Publisher: European Geosciences Union (EGU).
DOI: 10.5194/cp-15-1025-2019

Local and Regional Indian Summer Monsoon Precipitation Dynamics During Termination II and the Last Interglacial

Author(s): Matthias Magiera, Franziska A. Lechleitner, Andrea M. Erhardt, Adam Hartland, Ola Kwiecien, Hai Cheng, Harold J. Bradbury, Alexandra V. Turchyn, Sylvia Riechelmann, Lawrence Edwards, Sebastian F. M. Breitenbach
Published in: Geophysical Research Letters, Issue 46/21, 2019, Page(s) 12454-12463, ISSN 0094-8276
Publisher: American Geophysical Union
DOI: 10.1029/2019gl083721

Complex networks reveal global pattern of extreme-rainfall teleconnections

Author(s): Niklas Boers, Bedartha Goswami, Aljoscha Rheinwalt, Bodo Bookhagen, Brian Hoskins, Jürgen Kurths
Published in: Nature, Issue 566/7744, 2019, Page(s) 373-377, ISSN 0028-0836
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0872-x

Holocene interaction of maritime and continental climate in Central Europe: New speleothem evidence from Central Germany

Author(s): Sebastian F.M. Breitenbach, Birgit Plessen, Sarah Waltgenbach, Rik Tjallingii, Jens Leonhardt, Klaus Peter Jochum, Hanno Meyer, Bedartha Goswami, Norbert Marwan, Denis Scholz
Published in: Global and Planetary Change, Issue 176, 2019, Page(s) 144-161, ISSN 0921-8181
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.03.007

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