Climate change and precipitation in past present and future: Mini symposium

June 13, 2016

Research Group of Palaeoecology & Landscape Ecology
Institute for Biodiversity & Ecosystem Dynamics
University of Amsterdam

Date: 17/06/2016
Time: 13:30-16:00
Location: Amsterdam Science Park 904
For registration & full details please contact: Dr. John van Boxel

When addressing climate change the focus often is on temperature. However precipitation is a climate variable that is at least as important, but much more difficult to assess. This mini symposium will address several aspects of the changes in the precipitation climate. William Gosling shows how climates in the far past can be reconstructed using proxies. One of these proxies, biomarkers, will be discussed by Susanna Mölkänen, who uses them to reconstruct altitudinal gradients. John van Boxel discusses 20th century climate change in the Netherlands focussing on changes in precipitation extremes. The models that are used to study climate change are the topic of the presentation by Geert Lenderink from KNMI. Some of these models were also used by Emma Daniels (WUR) to study the effect of urbanisation on precipitation in the Netherlands. For anyone involved in climate change and precipitation this should be an interesting afternoon.

Outline program below:

13:30 Reception

13:45 John van Boxel (UvA): Temperature is boring, precipitation is a challenge

13:50 William Gosling (UvA): Detecting past climate change

14:10 Susanna Mölkänen (UvA): Using biomarkers to reconstruct precipitation gradients across altitudes

14:30 John van Boxel (UvA): 20th century precipitation and extreme events

14:50-15:05 Coffee/Tea break

15:05 Geert Lenderink (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut): Modelling future climate & precipitation

15:30 Emma Daniels (Wageningen University): Precipitation in the Netherlands: Trends since 1950 and effect of urban areas

15:55 John van Boxel (UvA): Closing remarks

16:00 Drinks

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