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RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PAST MEDITERRANEAN CLIMATE IN THE HISTORICAL PERIOD

Objective

TO RECONSTRUCT CLIMATE OF HISTORICAL PERIOD.

THE PROJECT WILL COMPRISE THE FOLLOWING STAGES.

A. COLLECTION AND CRITICAL EVALUATION OF THE AVAILABLE DATA. THIS STAGE WILL INCLUDE AN ANALYSIS OF THE HISTORICAL RECORDS OF ATHENS, THESSALONIKI, KERKYRA (CORFU) ETC., TO UNDERTAKE A QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION OF CLIMATOLOGICAL PARAMETERS FROM DIFFERENT KINDS OF DATA.

B. RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CLIMATIC FLUCTUATIONS ON A MESOSCALE SPACE. THIS STAGE WILL INVOLVE THE ANALYSIS OF SERIES OF EXCEPTIONAL EVENTS AND CONTINUOUS DATA.
INVESTIGATION OF THE INFLUENCE OF MAJOR TOPOGRAPHIC FEATURES ON WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE USED TO ASSIST IN RECONSTRUCTING PAST CLIMATIC PARAMETERS, E.G. PRESSURE, TEMPERATURE ETC.
SPECIAL ATTENTION WILL BE GIVEN TO THE INFLUENCE OF LARGE MOUNTAIN CHAINS AND SEA-SURFACE TEMPERATURE (SST). IN GREECE, THERE ARE SERIES OF SUCH DATA NOT YET FULLY VALIDATED AND EXPLOITED.

C. INVESTIGATION OF HISTORICAL SOURCES, I.E., DESCRIPTIONS OF EXTREME EVENTS FROM LITERARY SOURCES OR CHRONICHERS.

D. INVESTIGATION OF ARCHEOLOGICAL SOURCES AND MAYBE SEDIMENTARY SEQUENCES.

E. METEOROLOGICAL AND CLIMATOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION AND SEARCH FOR TELECONNECTIONS.

F. THE USE OF STATISTICAL METHODS TO ANALYZE THE DATA WITH STANDARD AND NON-STANDARD COMPUTER TECHNIQUES WILL ASSESS THE SENSITIVITY OF THE CLIMATIC SYSTEM TO FORCING PARAMETERS IN ORDER TO RECONSTRUCT THE PAST CLIMATE AND WILL PROVIDE SOME INDICATION OF FUTURE CLIMATIC DEVELOPMENT.
WE BELIEVE THAT THE RESULTS OF THE WORK WILL SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE OF CLIMATIC TRENDS AND CHANGES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION AND IN THE RISKS RELATED TO EXTREME EVENTS, WHICH ARE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN BASIN.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF IOANNINA
Address
Salamaga Str.1
45332 Ioannina
Greece

Participants (3)

CNR/ICTR
Address

Italia
GIRTON COLLEGE
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Mr
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA