Holocene Climate Reconstruction Workshop

Due to the scarcity of instrumental climate records prior to the 20th century, estimates of global climate variability during past centuries must rely upon indirect “proxy” indicators. A proxy indicator is a local record (natural or documentary) that is interpreted using physical or biophysical principles to represent some combination of climate- or environmental-related variations back in time. High-resolution proxy climate indicators include tree rings, corals, ice cores, and laminated lake/ocean sediments.

A current research focus of several members in FASS is determining flood vulnerability in the future.  In addition to models that predict precipitation changes in the future, one strategy for an anticipating what type of flood magnitudes can be expected with a changing climate is to explore what has occurred in the past, via proxy data sets.  This workshop will bring together several researchers from the region who are using proxy indicators to explore past climates.  The goal of the workshop is to improve upon NUS’s ability to use these types of methods to explore the natural history of flooding in the region, as well as gain a better understanding of changes in the Asian Monsoon.

The event is open to all students and staff of NUS and partner institutions, as well as the greater Singapore research community.

Date: 27 – 28  January 2014 (Mon-Tues)

Venue: Research Division Seminar Room at AS7 level 6

Interested parties may RSVP to FASS Environment (fasbox33@nus.edu.sg) by 5pm 22nd Jan (Weds).

Please see the flyer  for the agenda. You may also download the programme with abstracts and biographical statements.

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