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UEFISCDI (Unitatea Executivă pentru Finanţarea Învăţământului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltării şi Inovării), http://uefiscdi.gov.ro/

Program Resurse Umane – Proiecte de cercetare pentru stimularea constituirii de tinere echipe de cercetare independente – tip TE,

http://uefiscdi.gov.ro/articole/1966/Proiecte-de-cercetare-pentru-stimularea-constituirii-de-tinere-echipe-de-cercetare-independente–ti.html

PROJECT CODE

PNII-RU-TE-2012-3-0386

CONTRACT NO.

67/2013

PROJECT TITLE

Cirques and Lakes: CLIMATE VARIABILITY RECORDED BY GLACIAL DEPOSITS AND LAKE SEDIMENTS

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

2012-2016

The goal of the project is to synthesize data from glacio-lacustrine records and glacial deposits from surrounding areas that span the Last Termination (ca 22–11.5 ka) and Holocene for climate reconstruction.

We propose the investigation of three key regions (glacial lakes within classical glacial cirques from three corners of the Romanian Carpathians – Rodna/Maramures, Iezer/Fagaras and Retezat) for understanding the pattern of glaciation(s)/deglaciation(s) and Holocene climatic events in the Carpathians in the context of rapid climate variability. Therefore, considering the location of investigation sites, our project was also coined “The Three Romanian Carpathians Corners Project”. We aim to assess the potential of mountain lake sediment records and glacial deposits from proximity in order to place current climate change in the context of long-term natural climate variability in the Romanian Carpathians.

The project will provide new data relevant for palaeoclimate evolution at regional scale and the high-resolution sedimentological and chronological data employed will allow signal calibration and comparative analysis of different proxies and time-series. Our multi-proxy approach is intended to:

i) overcome limitations of palaeoclimatic and dating methods;

ii) combine different climatic signals into a composite profile; and

iii) carry out palaeoclimatic reconstructions taking into account regional and global climatic profiles and identify regional constraints of rapid climate oscillations.

The major objectives of this project are:

  • to identify and analyze climatic events as recorded by glacial deposits (deglaciation history).

  • to create a comprehensive set of data by completing the existing records of climate variability with climate signals as recorded by glacial lacustrine sediments.

  • to produce palaeoclimate models: simulations and syntheses of palaeoenvironmental data in order to analyze the mechanisms of climate change during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene.

The novelty of the project lies both in its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach, and in its broad impact. The project is not intended to be a singular effort in investigating palaeoclimate evolution in the Romanian Carpathians; it should be regarded as the framework for further investigations of the hitherto neglected Carpathian – Lower Danube – Balkan region.

This project is also in concordance with the objectives of the EU, as far as it regards the development of the research quality, international recognition and the funding of the international connections.

The scientific team is appropriate to achieve the project objectives in the allocated time. It consists of both specialists with a high level of expertise in their group, as well as younger researchers, yet with significant level of expertise and publications records (including specialized training).

The scientific team is appropriate to achieve the project objectives in the allocated time. It consists of both specialists with a high level of expertise in their group, as well as younger researchers, yet with significant level of expertise and publications records (including specialized training).