Special Issue "Paleoceanography: Latest Advances and Prospects"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Sciences and Geography".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Valeria Luciani
Guest Editor
Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Interests: planktic foraminifera; paleoecology; paleoceanography; paleoclimatology; biostratigraphy
Prof. Dr. Luigi Jovane
Guest Editor
Instituto Oceanográfico da Universidade de São Paulo, Praça do Oceanográfico, 191 - São Paulo, SP 05508-120, Brazil
Interests: paleomagnetism; magnetic properties; stratigraphy; exploration geophysics; paleoceanography
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

This Special Issue offers a venue for original scientific papers dealing with prominent changes in past oceanography, climate, and evolution. Paleoceanography is an interdisciplinary field that involves several geological branches, such as geochemistry, geophysics, micropaleontology/paleontology, paleoclimatology, paleoecology, and geochronology.

We aim to provide a collection of innovative contributions that focus on current research, new methodologies, and modeling based on abiotic and biotic proxies for generating environmental reconstructions over the full range of Earth history.

The rate of current CO2 increase exceeds the speed of natural feedbacks that can restore the system to previous conditions. The response of the oceanic system is critical for our climate and marine ecosystem survivorship. Excess of oceanic uptake of CO2 inevitably drives acidification, weakening the adaptive capacity of marine calcifying from a variety of environments from neritic to pelagic. Continuing stress can severely compromise ecosystem resilience, to the point where apparently minor disturbances can become devastating. Studies on modern biota and environments in order to decipher the ecosystem services of global and deep ocean are vital for measuring ecosystem resilience, but they operate at very short-term interval of time. In our present time of climatic change, it is even more imperative to use proxy data that capture environmental changes on time scales longer than human observations. These allow us to explore the causes and impacts of extreme environmental disturbances in the geologic past that can be useful to deriving insights and solutions for our future. Marine sediments, especially those provided through scientific ocean drilling, provide long, often continuous archives that are key for reconstructing critical events in Earth’s history. Here, we welcome contributions on understanding the causes and or impacts of paleocenographic changes that provide useful tools for applied sciences.

Prof. Dr. Valeria Luciani
Prof. Dr. Luigi Jovane
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Biota
  • Evolution
  • Acidification
  • Modeling
  • Paleodiversity
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Paleoecology
  • Paleotemperatures
  • CO2 paleo-pressure
  • Paleocurrents
  • Magnetic properties
  • Geochemistry
  • Geochronology
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Organic biomarkers
  • Trace elements
  • Ecosystems
  • Paleoproxies: new developments and applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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