Inqua Palaeoclimate Commission Project
Southern Connections meeting

Scientific Session of Southern-Connections VI (15-19 Feb. 2010, Bariloche, Argentina) Special volume of Quaternary International

The PASH II Meeting, 15-19 Feb. 2009
Around 25 people attended the meeting that was wedged between the end of formal symposium presentations and the time for evening refreshments.

The major questions for the meeting were, on the basis of an evaluation of progress over the last few years, should the project continue and, if so, what are the preferred directions?s has been demonstrated within several workshops and scientific sessions at previous Southern- Connections and other meetings, particularly those associated with PASH2 (Land-Ocean correlation of long Quaternary records from the southern hemisphere on orbital and sub-orbital timescales), the time is ripe to bring information together on the Quaternary of the southern hemisphere from groups in different scientific disciplines, and discuss and publish the outcome of the interaction between these groups.
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Welcome to the INQUA PALCOMM website for the southern continents and oceans.

This project developed from a previous southern hemisphere initiative (Palaeoclimates of the Southern Hemisphere - PASH), and was designed to provide a coherent picture of southern hemisphere climate change and its drivers that will provide a more balanced picture of global climates and will contribute substantially to the understanding of the development of present landscapes.

The project was initiated in 2004 to address the unique, though under researched, climatic history of the southern continents and oceans. As a result of their association with ENSO and monsoon generation, and their role in the global thermohaline circulation, the southern oceans are critical to an understanding of global climate change.

With terrestrial palaeoenvironments, an understanding of long-term environmental change on the southern continents is still in its formative stages as proxy records are both spatially diffuse and temporally discontinuous. However, there is an increasing awareness of major inter- and intra-hemispheric disparities in the timing of climatic signals and forcing influences between land and ocean records which underscores the need for an integrated effort to explore the palaeodynamics of southern hemisphere systems.


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