16 December 2010

Sune Olander gets leading post in European collaboration

Sune Olander Rasmussen, Centre coordinator and post.doc. at the Centre for Ice and Climate at the Niels Bohr Institute has been chosen as the chairman for the EU-project, INTIMATE: INTegrating Ice core, MArine and TErrestrial records. The aim of the project is to develop interdisciplinary collaboration in the research of climates of the past.

The Earth’s climate history can be studied using various methods. By analysing ice cores from Greenland, cores of sediments from the ocean floor and from the bottom of lakes as well as data from tree rings, researchers get many estimates about the history of the climate. 

The different curves are to be compared and temporally aligned with each other and the aim of the project is to develop common procedures and methods to reconstruct abrupt and extreme climate change in the period 8,000 to 60,000 years ago across the European environments. This period includes both the latter half of the ice age with many rapid shifts in climate between colder and milder stages and the transition from ice age to interglacial period. 

"We will try to get a better understanding of the climate. How and when did a trend start and how did the change evolve geographically and over time? In ice cores, marine sediment cores and land based data we have the ability to see the fine details during this period of past climate and by comparing this data in high resolution we will be able to identify what happened when and in what order. By understanding the climate mechanisms you can reduce the uncertainty in predictions of the future climate", explains Sune Olander Rasmussen.

As of now, 15 countries are involved in the research programme, which is financed as a so-called EU COST Action with a budget of approximately 3 million kroner over 4 years.