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Publication details for Professor Erin McClymont

Rosell-Melé, A., McClymont, E.L., Dekens, P.S., Dowsett, H., Haywood, A.M. & Pelejero, C. (2015). Multiproxy approach to reconstruct the Pliocene climate. PAGES Newsletter 23(1): 29.

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The Pliocene epoch has often been proposed as a climate analogue for future conditions on Earth. However, despite relatively small differences in climate control factors, including atmospheric CO2 concentration, the Pliocene climate was markedly different from the modern climate. This has made the Pliocene a relevant target for validating climate models. This in turn
requires confidence in the paleoclimate
estimates to be able to fully ascertain model strengths and weaknesses. In this context, and in order to further develop efforts by earlier projects such as PRISM (Pliocene Research, Interpretation and Synoptic Mapping group) and PlioMIP (Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project), about 65
specialists of the international community of Pliocene researchers met at a workshop in Barcelona. The key mission was to establish guidelines to facilitate further a community wide international effort to reconstruct key
climatic parameters (temperature, CO2, continental and sea ice, sea level, vegetation) in selected time intervals within the Pliocene epoch. The ultimate goal of this community effort is to provide a comprehensive global representation of Pliocene climate, which would facilitate data modeling comparisons. To this end, the workshop consisted of invited plenary talks that synthesized the current state of the art, followed by working group discussions of research priorities, and
reporting and synthesis presentations towards the end of the workshop. Participants presented their current research in poster sessions.