PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials: Warm extremes workshop

09.11 - 11.11.2015
Cambridge, UK
Contact person:
Emilie Capron & Chronis Tzedakis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Workshop report: 
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The new PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacial (QUIGS) will host its first meeting in Cambridge from the 9-11th November 2015.


In its final synthesis paper PAGES' Past Interglacials Working Group (PIGS), the precursor to QUIGS, identified the LIG and MIS 11 as the warmest interglacials of the last 800 kyr. Though not exact analogues for future anthropogenic changes, these periods can provide insights into climate processes and feedbacks during periods of ‘excess warmth’.

While both interglacials have been considered by previous projects, our aim is to stimulate the work needed for the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP), and this dictates an early consideration of these periods. Thus, during this QUIGS first workshop, we will assess emerging data syntheses and recent model experiments (e.g. Capron et al., 2014; Milker et al. 2013; Otto-Bliesner et al., 2013; Loutre et al., 2014). This will allow us to highlight data gaps and promote efforts to fill these gaps. In particular, we will identify critical datasets needed and define the much needed model protocols (including transient simulations).

Although the LIG has received the most emphasis in terms of data and modelling studies, prominent questions remain. In addition, despite much interest on MIS 11, the causes of its interglacial intensity remain poorly understood. There is, therefore, a critical need to synthesize data, to better constrain the timing of changes and to model the carbon cycle in order to address the following questions:

What was the character of the responses of temperature, the hydrologic cycle and monsoons, and sea ice to the orbital forcing during the LIG and MIS 11. How linear are the responses?

What was the character of millennial variability during the LIG and MIS 11? What portion of the response can be attributed to millennial forcings? 


Cripps Court
Magdalene College
1-3 Chesterton Road
Cambridge, CB4 3AD

To register

A limited number of places are available for the workshop. Expressions of interest should be sent to Chronis Tzedakis and Emilie Capron, with a short description of research experience on the topic by the 2nd of October 2015. A track record on the LIG and/or MIS 11 is essential.

We particularly welcome applications from early career researchers and from those based in developing economies working on relevant topics (partial financial support will be provided, subject to availability).


Emilie Capron - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chronis Tzedakis - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Post-meeting material

PAGES Magazine workshop report

> Paving the road for improved integrative investigations of past Warm Extremes (vol.24, no.1)