Session 4: System Dynamics and Ocean-Ice-Continent Interactions




The Earth’s climate system consists of several subsystems, oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere, each with its own temporal and spatial scales of variability. Much of the variability across time scales of the climate system originates from the interaction of these subsystems and their internal system dynamics. This session focuses on interactions and feedback mechanisms between the subsystems, as inferred from paleoceanographic reconstructions and modeling.

For this session, we invite contributions from both reconstructions and modeling, which shed light on the origin of climate variability on millennial, orbital, and tectonic time scales. A particular focus will be on past warm intervals, where feedback mechanisms different from today may affect the climate response to forcings such as changing greenhouse gas concentrations and continental configurations. Other foci include the rate of polar ice growth and decay and the ocean’s role in ice sheet dynamics.


Title: “The role of mantle convection in understanding sea level and cryospheric changes during past warm periods”
Jacky Austermann (Harvard, USA)


Title: “Modeling of water isotopes in oceanic models: review and perspective”
Didier Roche (VU, Netherlands)


Title: “Breaking ice: cryosphere-carbon cycle interactions”
Carrie Lear (Cardiff, UK)


Title:“Tropical Indian Ocean hydroclimate and its relation to the Hadley and Walker circulations since the last glacial”
Mahyar Mohtadi (MARUM, Univ. Bremen, Germany)


Title: “Onset and Progression of the Eocene-Oligocene Climate Transition: an Atlantic Ocean Perspective”
Steve Bohaty (Southampton, UK)


To download the list of posters and abstracts for this session: Poster overview session 4 / Poster abstracts session 4