PAST Gateways 4th International Conference

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 23 May 2016 to 27 May 2016

Where: Trondheim, Norway

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We are pleased to welcome you to the Fourth 'PAST Gateways' (Palaeo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal Gateways) International Conference. The conference is hosted by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU).

There are four main themes for the conference. We invite abstracts on studies addressing problems within the four themes, in the period preceding instrumental records across decadal to millennial time scales, in the formerly glaciated areas of North America, Russia and northern Europe.

  1. Growth and decay of Arctic Ice Sheets
  2. Arctic sea-ice and ocean changes
  3. Non-glaciated Arctic environments including permafrost change
  4. Sea level change in the Arctic

'PAST Gateways' (Palaeo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal Gateways) is an IASC endorsed network research programme, the scientific goal of which is to understand Arctic environmental change during the period preceding instrumental records and across decadal to millennial timescales. The focus of the six year programme is on the nature and significance of Arctic gateways, both spatial and temporal, with an emphasis on the transitions between major Late Cenozoic climate events such as interglacials to full glacials and full glacial to deglacial states, as well as more recent Holocene fluctuations. There are three major themes to the programme: (1) Growth and decay of Arctic Ice Sheets; (2) Arctic sea-ice and ocean changes, and (3) Non-glaciated Arctic environments. PAST Gateways follows on from the previous network programmes of 'PONAM' (Polar North Atlantic Margins), 'QUEEN' (Quaternary Environment of the Eurasian North) and, most recently, 'APEX' (Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes). It is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to bring together field scientists and numerical modellers to advance understanding about Arctic climate change. The network involves scientists from across Europe, Russia, Canada and the USA.