Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS) 2nd Workshop: Understanding and modelling space-time Holocene climate variability

25-27 October 2017, Potsdam, Germany

PAGES' Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS) working group will hold their second workshop, titled "Understanding and modeling space-time Holocene climate variability" at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany, from 25-27 October 2017.


Understanding natural climate variability is a necessary prerequisite for predicting the range of plausible future climates. The Holocene is a reasonable reference period with conditions similar to the present, a large amount of existing paleo-observations and relatively well-constrained boundary conditions and climate forcings.

The first CVAS workshop identified an existing knowledge gap regarding the scaling regimes of climate variability during the Holocene and the associated differences between tropics, extratropics and polar regions, as well as between land and ocean. Addressing these aspects will allow us to characterize Holocene climate variability in both space and time and the issue of Holocene climate (in)stability. This will improve our understanding of key processes and climate mechanisms and allow for a better understanding of their role in the Anthropocene.

This second CVAS workshop will focus on the aforementioned questions by bringing together experts working on Holocene climate variability from three different perspectives: data acquisition and interpretation, time series analysis methodology, and theoretical climatology and climate modeling.  It will comprise plenary talks introducing the state of the art of different fields, extended meetings of the three subgroups of experts and panel discussions bringing about insights and ideas from the individual subgroups to the other participants.

To foster a first comprehensive synthesis of Holocene climate variability, the workshop will provide products generated in three subgroups:

1. Selecting the best archives to quantify climate variability and understanding their caveats: Data
2. From paleo-observations to robust and reproducible variability estimates: Analysis tools
3. Origins and interpretation of the space-time structure of Holocene variability: Models and Theory

The meeting will further include hands-on work and exercises. 

Further information can be found here.