Workshop on Paleoenvironmental Change in Africa, December 2–4, 2014

Networking and Collaboration Meeting, December 2–4, 2014

Program (download pdf file)
Tuesday, December 2 in U10

Meeting opening and roundtable introductions

10.00   Multi-proxy approaches for multi-temporal Quaternary climate/environmental change analysis in Lesotho, southern Africa
Stefan Grab, University of the Witwatersrand



High resolution climate records from western Ocean corals – onshore and offshore climate linkages
Jens Zinke, UWA Oceans Institute & University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology

11.30   Speleothem science in Ethiopia: High-resolution climatic reconstruction of the Late Quaternary
Asfawossen Asrat, Addis Ababa University

Long term environmental change in South Africa and beyond
Tim Mighall, University of Aberdeen

12.30   Lunch at the Faculty Club
14.00   Climate reconstruction from southern African speleothems
Karin Holmgren, Stockholm University
14.15   Rainfall dipole oscillation over southern Africa modulated by land-sea contrast
Qiong Zhang, Stockholm University
14.30   Peatland records of mineral dust deposition
Malin Kylander, Stockholm University
14.45   Discussion: Key Questions
15.30   Fika
16.00   Discussion: Key Questions
17.00   Close for the day
Wednesday, December 3 in U10
9.00   Land cover change in southern Africa; understanding the past-present-future continuum
Lindsey Gillson, University of Cape Town
9.30   Reconstructing late Quaternary environmental change on the east coast of southern Africa
Jemma Finch, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Combining leaf-wax isotope records with other proxy data – an example from Braamhoek wetland, South Africa
Elin Norström, Stockholm University

10.15   Paleo-flooding and environmental evolution in the Limpopo flood plain, Mozambique, during the last 1000 years
Sandra Sitoe, University of Eduardo Mondlane/Stockholm University
10.30   Fika
11.00   Biome boundary shifts, climate variability and ecosystem dynamics in southern Africa
Anneli Ekblom, Uppsala University
11.30   Challenges and opportunities in management of agricultural landscapes in Kenya
David Mwehia Mburu, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
12.00   The potential impacts of forestation future climate in southern Africa
Babatunde Joseph Abiodun, University of Cape Town
12.30   Lunch at the Faculty Club
14.00   Determining the relative roles of sea surface temperature and Southern Hemisphere Westerlies on the precipitation patterns over Southern Africa
Agatha de Boer, Stockholm University
14.30   Climate response to Sahara desertification during mid-Holocene in EC-Earth simulations
Qiong Zhang, Stockholm University
14.45   Lagrangian tracing of Sahelian Sudan moisture sources
Abubakr Babiker, Stockholm University
15.00   Discussion: Key Questions
15.30   Fika
16.00   Discussion: Key Questions
17.00   Close for the day
19.00   Julbord (Chirstmas dinner) at Ulriksdals Wärdshus
Thursday, December 4 in T40
9.00   Discussion: Finding common ground and planning future collaboration and proposals
10.30   Fika
11.00   Discussion: Finding common ground and planning future collaboration and proposals
11.45   Closing of meeting


Discussion Questions: Science
1. What are the main factors that controls respectively tropical and extratropical (higher latitude) climate?
2. Any urgent needs for more data exploration in Africa (in particular southern Africa), how can we achieve within the collaboration?
3. Can we find mechanisms for establishing much higher resolution (both temporal and spatial) palaeo-climate chronologies?
4. Are there specific geographical areas that are of particular interest for improved/extended paleo-reconstructions? Challenges/possibilities in these areas?
5. How can collaborative efforts improve proxy-data interpretation? E.g. do we need more collaborative multi-proxy approaches?
6. Possibilities to model modern analogues in order to better understand proxy output?
7. How can we use climate model to interpret the climate change/variability as seen in proxy data?

Discussion Questions: Funding and Collaboration
1. What funding opportunities are there for us formalize collaboration?
2. How can we increase exchange (including PhD students) between institutions?
3. What are the strength and weakness in African institutions and SU regarding developing the research topic on African climate, can we find a way to complement each other and work together efficiently?
4. What elements can we include in proposals in order to be more attractive to funding bodies?



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