A workshop on:
Isotope studies of UK Palaeoclimate (IsoPAL UK)
To be hosted by the
NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL),
British Geological Survey. UK.
Wednesday 17th April 2002
The Natural Environmental Research Council has identified Global Change as
one of the five main issues on which its research should be focused in the
next decade, and the need to know about natural climate variation over a
range of time-scales is regarded as a key area for development. Isotopic
techniques, especially the environmentally sensitive stable isotopes are
likely to play an important role in gaining this knowledge of past climates.
NERC's Isotope Geosciences Laboratory (NIGL) is a central facility for
providing isotope scientific support to the UK's environmental research
community. We would like to get researchers in the UK together to discuss
current palaeoclimate research within the UK using isotope techniques.
The workshop will comprise a series of short 15-20 minute presentations
giving examples, or overviews of research into the UK's Quaternary
palaeoclimate. A key aspect of this workshop will be discussion of isotopes
in palaeo-archives (for example what aspect of climate do oxygen isotopes in
precipitation actually represent, and is this signature successfully
transferred into authigenic precipitates within lake sediments, tree-rings,
speleothems etc). Current and "in progress" research is particularly
welcome. Presentations on isotopes in lake, estuarine and marine sediments,
speleothems, tree-rings and peat bogs are encouraged. A summary discussion
will hopefully identify key issues and, more importantly, where research on
the UK's palaeoclimate should be headed.
If you would like to attend then please contact Melanie Leng
email: [log in to unmask]
phone: 0115 9363515.
NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory,
British Geological Survey,
Keyworth, Nottingham. UK. NG12 5GG.