Talk: Are there any Useful Paleoclimatology Analogies to Today’s Climate Phenomena?

Michael Scollay’s talk takes a tour of earth’s climate past to see if there are any useful analogies to what is happening to earth’s climate today.
  • When 21 Mar, 2017 from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Australia/Sydney / UTC1008)
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Paleoclimatology is the study of past climate conditions including their causes and effects using evidence found in glacial deposits, fossils and sediments. Michael will discuss:

  • the lag of CO2 rise when compared to temperature shown in 800+ kiloyears BP worth of ice-cores
  • rapid climate change events such as the 12.9 to 11.7 kiloyears BP Younger Dryas and the Palaeocene–Eocene thermal maximum
    55.5 million years BP

Are there any useful paleoclimatology analogies to today’s climate phenomena is given one final, possibly contentious, answer.

Whether we humans, as the dominant and greatest impacting species on this planet, can learn from past climate responses to plan and execute a practical response to today’s situation is another vexing question to answer in the near future.