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Fifth Open Science Meeting of PAGES (Past Global Changes):

´Global Challenges for our Common Future: a Paleoscience Perspective´

09 - 13 May 2017, Zaragoza, Spain

Thanks to the support of the travel grant of the Graduate School of Geosciences, I could attend the fifth Open Science Meeting of PAGES: ´Global Challenges for our Common Future: a Paleoscience Perspective´ in Zaragoza, Spain.
The session I attended ´From the Mediterranean to the Caspian: Palaeoclimate variability, environmental responses and human adaptive strategies´ was led by two leading scientists working in the Mediterranean area. This session perfectly fitted my PhD project, which deals with the palaeoclimatological reconstruction and the environmental responses of two lakes in southern Spain. Several key-lectures were held by scientists working in Spain, which improved my knowledge of the teleconnections in the Mediterranean area.
During an earlier conference in Seville, in 2015, I was only able to introduce my project to the audience; I showed preliminary data without any interpretation. This time, I could show all data of the longest record I am working on, from Laguna de Medina. This record reflects the Holocene in a high resolution on a decennial scale, showing not only the well-known long-term aridification trend from the Iberian Peninsula, but also rapid climate changes. The poster I presented, titled ´A high-resolution Holocene palaeoclimate record from the Laguna de Medina, Cádiz, southern Spain´, was for several scientists attending the same Mediterranean session a reason to discuss the data.
After one and a half days of Mediterranean sessions, several other well-fitting sessions were held, for example one about the last 2000 years, and one about the Holocene. Both gave the opportunity to look further than only Spain / Iberian Peninsula, and think about the more global impact of climate events.

Overall, the participation to the OSM PAGES conference, and in particular the Mediterranean session, not only helped to improve my knowledge about the climatic events in the Mediterranean area, but also on a more global scale.

 

Jasmijn van ´t Hoff
PhD Student

Institute of Geology and Mineralogy

PhD Thesis: Holocene Climate Variability based on two lacustrine sediment sequences from Cádiz, southern Spain
 
Poster: A high-resolution Holocene palaeoclimate record from the Laguna de Medina, Cádiz, southern Spain
http://pastglobalchanges.org/osm2017/downloads/osm-abstract-book-zaragoza-2017.pdf