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Spatiotemporal evolution of the hydrological cycle throughout the European continent during past abrupt climate changes

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Project "STEEPclim" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
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 Total cost 1˙847˙546 €
 EC max contribution 1˙847˙546 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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 Project objective

With global temperatures on the rise due to anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, one of the largest short-term threats to societies comes from a changing water cycle: changing ocean currents and atmospheric circulation patterns, increased periods of drought or extreme precipitation events directly affect the socio-economic foundation of communities. However, one of the great unknowns in state-of-the art climate models predicting future changes is the spatial distribution of changing precipitation patterns. This lack of knowledge severely limits implementation of mitigation and adaptation options to divert the most severe consequences of climate change. I propose a fundamentally new approach to understand spatial patterns and mechanisms of hydrological changes on the European continent by reconstructing such changes during past abrupt temperature and ocean circulation changes. We will develop an innovative research program integrating ideas and methods from diverse disciplines: organic geochemistry, plant physiology, event stratigraphy and geostatistical data analysis. We will generate quantitative paleohydrological data by developing a dual biomarker approach as a novel and direct proxy for fluxes in the hydrological cycle from 10 of the most precisely dated terrestrial climate records encompassing the European continent. STEEPclim will enter uncharted territory and establish master records of continental climate change, comparable in resolution and quality to the polar ice cores. We will identify continental-scale feedback mechanisms and particularly vulnerable regions in European hydroclimate relevant for the evaluation of the consequences of ongoing climate change. These mechanistic insights will be essential to validate future generations of climate models, ensuring more accurate predictions of regional effects of anthropogenic climate changes and as such enable a targeted mitigation and adaptation policy.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Oliver Rach, Xennophone Hadeen, Dirk Sachse
An automated solid phase extraction procedure for lipid biomarker purification and stable isotope analysis
published pages: 103995, ISSN: 0146-6380, DOI: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2020.103995
Organic Geochemistry 2020-04-01
2018 Bernhard Aichner, Florian Ott, Michał Słowiński, Agnieszka M. Noryśkiewicz, Achim Brauer, Dirk Sachse
Leaf wax <i>n</i>-alkane distributions record ecological changes during theYounger Dryas at Trzechowskie paleolake (Northern Poland)without temporal delay
published pages: 1-29, ISSN: 1814-9359, DOI: 10.5194/cp-2018-6
Climate of the Past Discussions 2019-05-31
2017 Oliver Rach, Ansgar Kahmen, Achim Brauer, Dirk Sachse
A dual-biomarker approach for quantification of changes in relative humidity from sedimentary lipid <i>D</i>∕<i>H</i> ratios
published pages: 741-757, ISSN: 1814-9332, DOI: 10.5194/cp-13-741-2017
Climate of the Past 13/7 2019-05-31

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