CliSAP Workshop „Towards a History of Paleoclimatology: Changing roles and shifting scales in climate sciences“

06.09.2017 - 07.09.2017

The interdisciplinary workshop “Towards a History of Paleoclimatology: Changing Roles and Shifting Scales in Climate Research” was held on September, 6-7, 2017, organised by Dania Achermann and Simone Rödder.

The workshop aimed at exploring the changing roles of paleoclimatology as a part of climate science and its contributions to the understanding of climate on different temporal and spatial scales throughout the 20th century. A particular focus was on the communication between different disciplines that study climates of the past using proxy data from ice cores, tree rings, ocean and lake sediments, fossilised pollen, bones, and moraines, with climate modeling and other fields in climate research.

The workshop was intended as an exploratory and interdisciplinary meeting to bring together researchers with an interest in the role and history of paleoclimatology. We therefore invited scholars from both the historical and the climatological communities: historians, archaeologists, anthropologists as well as climate scientists and paleoclimatologists who reflect on the (changing) role of their discipline. Speakers included Martin Claußen, Hartmut Heinrich, Heinrich Miller, Gerhard Schmiedl, Hans von Storch and Eduardo Zorita.

The full schedule for the 2-day workshop including abstracts of the presentations is available here. The workshop was jointly organised and funded by CliSAP's Integrated Activity "Understanding Science in Interaction" and the Centre for Environmental Humanities, Aarhus University.


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