Special Issue "Paleoclimate Reconstruction (2nd Edition)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2023) | Viewed by 2289
Interests: North Atlantic climate variability; paleoclimatology; eastern USA hydroclimate; drought variability; tropical cyclones
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Change is the one constant in Earth’s climate history. Contemporary changes in the climate system—driven in part by human activities—continue to raise important questions regarding how ‘unusual’ the observed climate changes of the last century are relative to a longer view of Earth’s climate. Advances in paleoclimatic reconstruction have already provided some valuable context for Earth’s natural climate variability during the pre-instrumental period. However, open questions remain surrounding many paleoclimate issues, including, for example, solar irradiance, atmospheric composition, and the specific mechanisms of certain internal feedbacks such as volcanism. Further work is needed in the area of paleoclimate reconstructions using preserved biological and/or geological proxy data sources to enhance our understanding of the climate system in general, and specifically of ongoing changes in the system.
After successfully launching the first volume of this Special Issue (“Paleoclimate Reconstruction”: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/atmosphere/special_issues/Paleoclimate_Reconstruction), we decided to expand our Special Issue into a second volume.
The first volume includes paleoclimate reconstruction research using both geological and biological proxies, with applications of tree-ring isotope analysis, standard dendrochronological techniques, and lake sediment data. The second volume will retain the same focus on paleoclimate research that furthers our knowledge of prehistoric climatic variability—both spatial and temporal—and improves our understanding of regional- or global-scale patterns of prehistoric climate change, especially as they relate to contemporary planetary warming. Papers will reconstruct and analyze (some aspect of) prehistoric climate from the perspective of proxy data sources such as tree rings, preserved pollen records, ice cores, speleothems, ocean floor sediments, or any other paleoclimate indicators, and may include indirect reconstructions (e.g., reconstructions of large-scale atmospheric flow, such as ENSO variability using tree rings, based on the observed relationship between tree growth and large scale atmospheric variability).
Prof. Dr. Jason T. Ortegren
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- Proxy climate data
- Paleoclimatic variability
- climate reconstruction
- Paleoclimatic change
- The Holocene