QUEST workshop – Sept 2019

The organizers particularly welcome researchers based in New Zealand and Australasia working in related fields to a:

Workshop on quantitative palaeoclimate reconstructions using speleothems

9-11 September 2019 @ University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ

Organised by project QUEST


Background information:

QUEST (QUantitative palaeoEnvironments from SpeleoThems) is a consortium of researchers working to develop new techniques for extracting quantitative information from speleothems and link field and laboratory experiments on water/mineral chemistry with innovative physical and numerical analyses on speleothems. The combination of these techniques, based on physical and chemical properties and statistical methods, aims to deliver quantitative reconstructions of two key parameters: hydrology and temperature. We are testing our methods using speleothems from Australasia, a region vulnerable to El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) variability.

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Our team members come from a variety of backgrounds including environmental chemistry, environmental mineral magnetism, and numerical data analysis. Each group within the team has already begun developing innovative methods for palaeoclimate reconstruction within their own subfield, but this project is the first time these methods have been combined and applied collectively to speleothems.

QUEST has been running for 4 years and this workshop is an opportunity to share our progress and prospects beyond the timeline of our existing funding.

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QUEST is funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 691037.



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