H2020: ITN planning meeting on the Eocene-Oligocene transition

Lunt, D. J. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


The Eocene-Oligocene Transition (EOT), which occurred about 35 million years ago, is perhaps the most fundamental shift of the climate system of the last 50 million years. It was the time when the Antarctic ice sheet began to grow, Drake Passage was opening, and climate cooled as carbon dioxide concentrations decreased. For paleoclimatologists, this event is fascinating in terms of what we can learn about the way our planet reponds to big shocks.

The 6 people involved (Lunt, Coxall, DeBoer, Lear, Donnadieu, von de Heydt) are all world experts in the field of paleoclimatology, but we have never worked together as a group. We all have complementary expertise (Lunt – Earth system modelling; Coxall – ocean circulation; De Boer – ocean modelling; Lear – geochemistry; Donnadieu – carbon cycle and climate modelling; von de Heydt – climate sensitivity and mathematical modelling) and by working together we will be able to make fundamental and important advances in this field, and train a new generation of climate scientists with an exciting breadth of skills.
Period3 Jul 2018
Event typeWorkshop