Project 2002P: INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcords at Sensitive Latitudes (INQUA-MARE)


Project Title:      INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcords at sensitive latitudes (INQUA-MARE)

Primary Lead:    Karen Gariboldi, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa

Co-leads:            Viviana Maria Gamboa Sojo, Tuscan Regional Doctorate (University of Firenze, Pisa and Siena); Universidad de Costa Rica

                             Nassim Douss, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS); University of Trieste

                             Giacomo Gazzurra, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa

                             Caterina Morigi, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Pisa; GEUS, Denmark

                             Renata Giulia Lucchi, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS); Cage-UiT, The Arctic University of Norway

Aim: INQUA-MARE is meant to bring together scientists studying Holocene sediments records from Arctic, Antarctic and Tropical regions, the most sensitive to climate change. The main objective is to bring researchers together, in order to meet, share and discuss scientific interconnections between these areas, targeting the integration of data and knowledge on the recent evolution of the Earth’s climate. INQUA-MARE was conceived to specifically involve early-career researchers (ECRs) and developing-country researchers (DCRs) in order to help them develop new scientific networks and collaborations with Senior Scientists.

Introduction: The “INQUA MARE: INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcord at Sensitive Latitudes” project (2020-2024) is a new scientific action in the frame of the Coastal and Marine Processes (CMP) Commission and of the Submerged Palaeolandscapes of the Southern Hemisphere (SPLOSH) International Focus Group. As this project has the objective of exhaustively explore the interactions between the tropical and polar areas, INQUA-MARE workshops will bring together micropaleontologists, modellers, geochemists, sedimentologists, oceanographers and geophysicists to discuss the pivotal drivers of oceanographic (e.g. the closure or opening of seaways) and atmospheric changes (e.g. those related to readjustment of marine currents), their feedback on climate and environmental characteristics, particularly addressing the timing of responses. Some of the “technical” themes that will be discussed during the workshops are: A) the comparison and integration of the analytical data obtained by different research groups, encouraging their share through the use of free online databases; B) the discussion on inter-laboratories standardisation of analytical procedure; C) the identification of unexploited existing sedimentary records (sediment cores) or survey datasets (e.g. oceanographic and geophysical data, etc.). On the other hand, the scientific discussion will address: A) the interpretation of proxies; B) the definition of the state-of-the-art about pole-to-pole teleconnections. These topics will be faced during round table discussions, opened by key-talk presentation of Senior Scientists, who will introduce the state-of-the-art on specific topic, and will help to define the main points that should be addressed for the discussion. C) the identification of Pacific versus Atlantic connection as responsible for the heat transport between the Polar areas.

Planned meetings / important dates: 4 workshops will be organised addressing the i) the Antarctic realm, ii) the Arctic realm, iii) the Tropical realms, and iv) the interaction between Polar and Tropical areas. The first two workshops will be held in Italy (in Trieste and Pisa, respectively), while the 3rd and the 4th workshops will be held in two of the countries of the DCRs involved in the project (Costa Rica, and Tunisia). Constant updates concerning the dates of the workshops with respect to the COVID-19 situation will be posted on this webpage.

Contact: Please email the Coastal and Marine Processes Commission ([email protected]) if you would like to be put in touch with the leaders of this project 

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