Category Archives: transfer function

The ‘New York’ principle of site selection

If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere. It’s up to you, New York, New York. Palaeoecologists typically try to choose sites where the environmental variable they want to reconstruct is likely an important, ideally the most important, … Continue reading

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The chironomid triennial

Over at the Subfossil Chironomid group on Facebook, Dr Larocque-Tobler posted a link to Zhang et al. (2017), describing it as impressive. I hadn’t seen the published version of Zhang et al, so I popped over fully prepared to be … Continue reading

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Reconstruction number 5

Climate modellers often run their models many times with slightly different initial configurations to get an ensemble of alternate realisations of climate history – parallel universes in silico. What is less well known is that certain proxies, mainly from small … Continue reading

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Air temperature, lake temperature

I’m interested in lake temperatures because I want to go swimming. I’m also interested because some palaeolimnological proxies, for example chironomids, are probably most sensitive to water temperature but are calibrated against and used to reconstruct air temperature. The stronger … Continue reading

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There is a memory in the dirt at the bottom of the sea

There is a memory in the dirt at the bottom of the sea. It is in the number of different sorts of small dead animals which we can use to find out how warm or cold the sea was in … Continue reading

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Are Tibetan chironomids mesmerised by solar variability?

It’s been a while since I examined a paper that purports to present palaeoecological evidence for a climate response to solar variability. But last night, flicking through the recently published papers in Quaternary Science Reviews, I came across Zhang et … Continue reading

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Chironomid vs pollen: Holocene climate change in southern Europe

Pollen-inferred summer temperature reconstructions from southern Europe show cool early-Holocene summers and warmer late-Holocene summers (Davis et al 2003, Mauri et al 2015). In contrast,  warm early-Holocene summers are reconstructed elsewhere in Europe and most of the mid-high latitude Northern … Continue reading

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