Unlocking secrets about past climate from Greenland and Antarctic ice: Emilie Capron

To predict how the climate will evolve in the future, we need to reconstruct and understand the climatic changes that the Earth experienced in the past.

Emilie's research involves combining climatic reconstructions from ice cores and marine sediment cores, which retrieved at the bottom of the oceans. In this presentation she provides insights into how ice cores drilled in polar ice sheets record the past evolution of the climate and the environment and how they have dramatically advanced our understanding of the changes that the Earth is capable of.

The purpose of this research is to learn about the mechanisms involved in climate changes during the previous interglacial period (130 000 years ago). This is of particular interest as temperature changes during this time period are comparable to the changes predicted for the future. Drilling ice cores requires scientists to do fieldwork under extreme and cold conditions and Emilie was involved in two deep ice core drilling project and shares her experience of working and living in Greenland and Antarctica.

Emilie is currently a Postdoctoral By-Fellow at Churchill College.

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Presented at Churchill College, 11 March 2015.