Southern Hemisphere Assessment of PalaeoEnvironments (SHAPE) International Focus Group Workshop: Southern Hemisphere climate of the present and past

Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
2 - 4 November 2016

The first SHAPE IFG workshop will bring together climate modellers, dynamics experts and palaeoclimate scientists to focus on the inter-relationships, history, and impacts of Southern Hemisphere (SH) climate systems that are connected at regional and hemispheric scales. The aim of this meeting is for scientists in different disciplines to collaborate on examining major patterns of climate variability, key tipping points, abrupt events, and remote triggers of change in the past and present.

One aspect of integrations that SHAPE will undertake using palaeoclimate data requires a climatological context to explain hemispheric spatial heterogeneity. Along with climate model simulations, field studies can be used to explore and distinguish between the influences of multiple drivers on Earth’s past climate history and explain regionally-contrasting patterns. In addition, assumptions of stationarity and uniformitarianism of teleconnections will be discussed with consequences for the interpretation of proxy data. We encourage attendance of Quaternary scientists and multi-disciplinary researchers who use model simulations and proxy data to investigate internal and external forcing of climatic change. Presentations with a focus on the role of the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial systems are welcomed.

On 2 November there will be a one-day SHAPE-affiliated project workshop on “Southern Westerlies Evolution in Environments of the Past” (SWEEP; PALCOM 1610P).

Final schedule here

The focus of SHAPE presentations on 3-4 November will include:

  • Drivers and dynamics of SH circulation structure, modes, and climate change
  • Changes in SH climate gradients (e.g. precipitation)
  • Climate drivers of SH glaciation during the late Quaternary
  • Climate phenomena investigations (i.e. ENSO, SAM, IPO, PSA, etc.)
  • Teleconnections within the climate system using reanalyses, models and natural archive data.

Final schedule here

There is no registration fee for the workshop.  We have very limited funds for early career scientists for some partial or total financial support.

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Registration and abstract extensions until 30th of September

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To get involved in the SWEEP project on the Southern Westerlies, please contact

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