XVIII INQUA Congress, Session #18

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to bring your attention to a session at the XVIII INQUA Congress (20-27th July 2011, Bern, Switzerland) and hope that you might submit an abstract:

Session 18 (sponsored by PALCOMM):
Late Quaternary climate trends: expression and causation
With confirmed plenary speakers:

Gerald Nanson (University of Wollongong, Australia)

Martin Trauth (Potsdam University, Germany)

The session will focus on the late-Quaternary climate history of terrestrial low latitudes. In particular, we would like to consider secular shifts in rainfall that are superimposed upon cyclical variation resulting from northern mid-latitude and/or regional insolation forcing. For example, in northern Australia during the late Quaternary, environmental drying or increased climatic variability is observed. Similar overall drying trends are recorded in some records from eastern Asia, the Sahara, and southeastern and eastern Asian regions, whereas conditions appear to have become more consistently wetter in the tropical Andes of South America and the African Rift Valley. We seek talks that consider directional long-term trends recorded in aeolian, fluvial and lacustrine sequences, as well as in fossil remains of plants and animals. This session aims to examine the relationship of these climate trends to patterns of monsoon, SST, and ENSO activity involving both atmospheric and oceanic processes, as well as to the spatially broader Mid Brunhes event that is clearly expressed in some marine and ice core records.

The deadline for submission is 30 Nov 2010 (yes; three days from now!)

You can find further details and submit an abstract at: http://www.inqua2011.ch/?a=programme&subnavi=sessions&id=18

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Jan-Berend Stuut
Sheri Fritz

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