Northern Hemisphere INTIMATE news
10th International INTIMATE workshop
The 10th International INTIMATE workshop will be
Pre-registration is now open, For more information follow the link to the workshop web-site here.
INTIMATE session at EGU General Assembly Vienna 2008
INTIMATE has organised a symposium and poster session during
the EGU in
Quaternary Science Reviews special issue on INTIMATE: refining the record of the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition.
This special issue contains a selection of papers presented
during the 8th INTIMATE workshop on
Quaternary Science Reviews special issue on Early Holocene Climate Oscillations
Closely related to the work
of INTIMATE is the publication of a Special Issue on Early Holocene Climate
Oscillations: Based on a workshop on Early Holocene Climate Oscillations –
causes and consequences sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
The special issue edited by Hoek,W.Z. and J.A.A.Bos, contains a series of papers presenting recent developments with respect to Early Holocene climate oscillations and can be found on the QSR web-site.
9th International INTIMATE workshop
During the XVIIth congress in
8th International INTIMATE workshop
The 8th North Atlantic INTIMATE Workshop was held
from September 10-14, 2005 in
The proceedings (programme and abstracts) can be downloaded here (pdf).
Gerard Bond, member of our INTIMATE Steering Group, passed away on Wednesday June 29, 2005. He was active within INTIMATE since the very start of the project and joined several of our workshops. We always enjoyed his active participation, scientific attitude and humour. It is a big loss for the palaeoclimate community and especially for his family and friends.
The North Atlantic INTIMATE workshop held in the Eifel
Based on our present knowledge, it is now timely to develop a systematic approach for unravelling the mechanisms associated with the abrupt climate changes recorded in the ice-core, marine and terrestrial realms. Overall aims of the North Atlantic INTIMATE project are:
(a) explore the potentials of different time-stratigraphic marker horizons in ice-core, marine, and terrestrial records;
(b) reduce the uncertainties in timing of events for the different environments, (e.g. spatial and temporal differences in marine reservoir ages);
spatial patterns of events and gradients the
the results from the
(e) to examine the (global) correlation of abrupt climatic events over a longer time period (30-8 ka BP).
For the 2003-2007 inter-congress period a series of regular
workshops has been planned. During the first North Atlantic INTIMATE workshop
in the Eifel region,
Based on the
discussions held during the 2004 North Atlantic INTIMATE workshop in the
Correlation of high resolution
records from the
The new INTCAL04
calibration dataset (Reimer et al. Radiocarbon 2004) will allow for more
detailed and precise correlation of different datasets up to 26 ka cal. BP.
Detailed analysis may reveal spatial and temporal patterns in reservoir ages in
Extending the time span for the
The extension of the
time span for the North Atlantic INTIMATE project further back to about 30 ka
and into the Holocene up to 8.2 ka cooling event permits the comparison with
the results from the Australasian INTIMATE project where deglaciation appear to
have started several thousand of years earlier than in the North Atlantic.
Covering the last glacial period would allow to address some globally
significant questions, such as the nature and timing of last glacial maximum
and Heinrich events. It has become a necessity in INTIMATE research to continue
the record and discussion into the Holocene, where abrupt climate changes
occurred, presumably as a result of changes in
Synthesis of palaeorecords for INQUA Cairns 2007
In conjunction with
the Australasian INTIMATE initiative, a synthesis of key records from the Ice
core, marine and terrestrial realms for the last 30,000 years will be
constructed. The compilation of records will be presented on a common timescale
and will serve for comparison with other regional INTIMATE groups. For the
Planned workshop meetings:
The next North Atlantic Intimate workshop will
be held mid-September 2005 on
In 2006 we have planned to organise a workshop
meeting in the
· In 2007 INTIMATE will present its major results during the anticipated North Atlantic INTIMATE Symposium session at INQUA Cairns. A joint workshop meeting with members from the different regional INTIMATE initiatives may lead to joint publication of a global overview of climate events during the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition.
Beside the official INTIMATE workshop meetings, regular meetings will be attended by key persons of INTIMATE where participation in the work of INTIMATE will be stimulated. Examples of these meetings for which independent funding has been awarded are:
European Science Foundation (ESF) workshop on
European tephrochronology convened by Siwan Davies and Stefan Wastegard, to be
· Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences (KNAW) Workshop on Early Holocene Climate Oscillations convened by Hanneke Bos, Sjoerd Bohncke & Wim Hoek, to be held in Amsterdam, April 2005.
Joint SCOTAV-INTIMATE publication:
Turney, C.S.M., Lowe,
J.J., Davies, S.M., Hall, V., Lowe, D.J., Wastegard, S., Hoek, W.Z., Alloway,
B., SCOTAV & INTIMATE Members 2004. Tephrochronology of Last Termination
The Commission for Tephrochronology and Volcanism announce a 'virtual' workshop on practical techniques for detecting, extracting and geochemically analysing microscopic volcanic glass. The workshop is a new initiative for the Commission as it will be presented via the Internet. It will be of particular interest to COTAV members and will also be freely available to members of all INQUA Commissions, including INTIMATE. From 15th April 2002, by simply logging on to the COTAV website (http://www.qub.ac.uk/arcpal/Tephra/Tephratrace/Home.htm), members will have access to activities which will detail the value of using microscopic tephras for correlative purposes. Practical demonstrations on detecting, extracting and geochemically-analysing minute quantities of volcanic glass will be available and a case history describing the value of the microscopic tephra to the Quaternary scientist will be presented. Particular attention will be given to techniques used when performing Electron Microprobe single-tephra shard analyses. To support the Commission's international membership, the presentations will be made in English with Chinese and Italian text available at the time of the workshop or soon thereafter. Interactive sessions when Commission members may contact fellow scientists for discussions will comprise a further aspect of the workshop. No registration is necessary.