[Coral-List] Tropical coral archives - EGU 2018 abstract submission deadline approaching fast

Jens Zinke jens.zinke at gmail.com
Wed Jan 3 10:14:45 EST 2018

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting abstract submissions for a session dealing with tropical
coral archives at the EGU General Assembly 8-13 April 2018 in Vienna,
Austria (http://www.egu2018.eu).

*CL1.08: Tropical coral archives - Reconstructions of climate and
environment beyond the instrumental record at society-relevant timescales*


Conveners: Miriam Pfeiffer, Thomas Felis, Jens Zinke, Tsuyoshi Watanabe,
Atsuko Yamazaki

Deadline for abstract submission: *10 January 2018 (13:00 CET)*

Shallow-water coral archives provide precisely-dated annually to
monthly-resolved reconstructions of marine climate and environmental change
from across the global tropics to subtropics. They are a key archive to
constrain past seasonal, interannual and decadal variability – the time
scales most relevant to human societies – beyond the start of systematic
reef monitoring programs and instrumental observations of climate. Coral
reconstructions extending back for centuries provide a link between the
observational period and lower-resolution sediment archives. This is of
high relevance for comparisons of proxy data with model simulations of reef
ecosystem dynamics and global climate. Warming sea surface temperatures are
currently the major threat to the future of coral reefs, as seen again
following the severe bleaching after the El Nino event in 2015. Hence,
coral paleoclimatology is of primary importance not only for understanding
climate change but also for ecology. Well-preserved fossil corals provide
high-resolution snapshots for time intervals of the Holocene, the last
glacial-interglacial cycles, the Miocene and the Pliocene. Coral
paleoclimatology provides an opportunity for collaborations among
paleoclimatologists, marine geologists, coral reef ecologists, carbonate
geochemists, experts in biomineralization, carbonate diagenesis and
U-series dating, climate modellers, climate dynamicists, and climate
statisticians, in order to provide robust and innovative paleoclimate and
environmental reconstructions and interpretations. The aim of this session
is to present and discuss latest research on past marine climate and
environmental change at society-relevant timescales (seasonal, interannual,
decadal), in order to understand the long-term context and impacts of
future changes in the tropical to subtropical oceans, reef ecosystems, and
adjacent continents. A key challenge is to retain the necessary scientific
expertise and leadership to undertake ground-breaking research on past
marine climate and environmental change at society-relevant timescales. We
strongly encourage PhD students and early career scientists to present
their research. This session is related to the PAGES 2k network project
CoralHydro2k: Tropical ocean hydroclimate and temperature from coral
archives of the last 2 millennia.

Invited speaker: Helen McGregor (University of Wollongong, Australia)

This is a PAGES CoralHydro2k session:

Best wishes

Miriam, Thomas, Jens, Tsuyoshi and Atsuko

Dr. Jens Zinke
Senior Researcher
Freie Universitaet Berlin
FR Palaeontology; Working group on Geobiology and Anthropocene Research
Malteserstrasse 74-100, Haus C105,
12249 Berlin, Germany
jzinke at zedat.fu-berlin.de
Tel. +49 30 838 61034

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Curtin University of Technology

Bentley (Perth), WA 6845, Western Australia

Jens.Zinke at curtin.edu.au

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