27 Nov 2018
18:15  - 20:00

Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115

Prof. Dr. Sabine R. Huebner

Events, Public event, Guest lecture / Talk

Reconstructing Climate back to Greek and Roman Times

Challenges, Opportunities, and Uncertainties. Prof. Dr. Jörg Luterbacher, Department of Geography, Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change and Centre for International Development and Environmental Research, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Giessen, Germany

Palaeoclimatic information provide fundamental means for the characterization of natural decadal to centennial time-scale changes and put the recent anthropogenic warming in the long-term perspective. Here we present an overview of historical and natural proxies from marine and terrestrial archives across the Central and Eastern Mediterranean back to Greek and Roman times. We discuss the principal methodologies to convert climate proxy information to quantitative and qualitative climate information and associated uncertainties and show recent advancement in our physical and dynamical understanding of temperature and hydroclimatic changes, variations, trends and extremes. We compare reconstructions with climate model experiments and diagnose the potential role of internal variability and external forcing in shaping Central and Eastern Mediterranean climate response across time and space. The final part of the talk presents future perspectives, challenges and opportunities in Mediterranean palaeoclimate science.

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