From Process to Proxy – The Science Behind Understanding Ancient Climate Change

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 9:15pm

The ability to predict future climate relies heavily on our understanding of past climates. We can view these ancient climates as natural experiments that provide a range of examples for the behavior of the Earth’s climate system, enabling us to understand how the climate system responds to forcings. A wide variety of methods have been developed to study these natural experiments.

The workshop provided an opportunity for the climate-change community at Yale to gain a better understanding of the current status of the ability to reconstruct past climate change. Participants examined both organic and inorganic methods for estimating the past temperature history of the Earth, both on land and in the oceans.

Organizers: Hagit Affek, Department of Geology and Geophysics; Mark Brandon, Department of Geology and Geophysics