Special Issue "Spatio-Temporal Palaeoclimate Variability from Annual to Multi-Decadal Scales"
A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016)
Dr. Reik Donner
Research Domain IV - Transdisciplinary Concepts and Methods, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Telegrafenberg A31, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
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Interests: Statistics and complex systems methods in paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental research; conceptual models of Quaternary climate variability; nonlinear dynamics in paleoclimate; multi-proxy and multi-archive integration; quantitative reconstruction of paleoclimate variability; abrupt transitions and tipping behavior in the Earth's climate and environmental history
Reliable estimates of spatio-temporal palaeoclimate variability show the impacts and fingerprints of past extraordinary events, such as widespread droughts or cooling phases and can, thus, provide excellent test cases for data-model intercomparison studies, especially with the purpose of constraining the effects of different types of external forcings such as varying solar insolation or volcanism. Meanwhile, the continuously increasing amount of available high-resolution palaeoclimate proxy data from various archives enables us to identify past climate variability patterns from annual (Pages 2k Consortium, Nat. Geosci., 2013) to multi-decadal (Ljungqvist et al., Clim.Past, 2012) time-scales and systematically compare them across larger regions. However, by now the results of available spatio-temporal reconstructions and palaeoclimate model simulations still often show different dynamical behavior (Gomez-Navarro et al., Clim. Past. Discuss., 2015).
This Special Issue will collect contributions describing and advancing the present state of knowledge on spatio-temporal palaeoclimate variability, from spatially distributed (single or multi-proxy) multi-archive studies over spatio-temporal reconstructions to more realistic palaeoclimate model simulations and model-data and model-reconstruction intercomparisons. We particularly invite contributions that improve our understanding of spatial climate variability from annual to multi-decadal scales. Manuscripts focusing on the systematic analysis of existing or new data products and new methodological developments for spatial field reconstruction or model-data intercomparisons are equally welcome. Topics to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
- spatial climate field reconstructions from multiple archives and/or multiple proxies,
- comprehensive intercomparison studies between modelling and reconstruction results,
- model intercomparison studies under realistic natural forcing,
- identification and attribution of responses to different forcing (solar, volcanic, etc.),
- multi-regional spatio-temporal coherence of responses to natural forcings,
- impact and attribution experiments for single extraordinary events,
- characterization of spatio-temporal patterns of palaeoclimate variability.
J.J. Gómez-Navarro, O. Bothe, S. Wagner, et al., A regional climate palaeosimulation for Europe in the period 1501-1990 – Part II: Comparison with gridded reconstructions, Climate of the Past Discussions, 11, 307-343, 2015
F.C. Ljungqvist, P.J. Krusic, G. Brattström, H.S. Sundqvist, Northern Hemisphere temperature patterns in the last 12 centuries, Climate of the Past, 8, 227-249, 2012
Pages 2k Consortium, Continental-scale temperature variability during the past two millennia, Nature Geoscience, 6, 339-346, 2013
Dr. Reik Donner
Dr. Johannes Werner
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