9th European Palaeobotany - Palynology Conference

  August, 23th - 31th, 2014, Padova, Italy
In the context of the EPPC 2014, our members had organized 2 symposia were organized and listed as NECLIME symposia. We kindly thank all the organizers, but also the high number of participants for each session as well as the great discussions.

NECLIME symposia at the 9th EPPC

  • S25. Cenozoic vegetation quantification with models and proxy data (a NECLIME and ROCEEH contribution)
    Conveners: Louis François, Angela A. Bruch, Torsten Utescher

    The Cenozoic era is marked by a worldwide cooling of climate and a decline of the atmospheric CO2 level. In response to these climate and environmental changes, the composition of vegetation was modified, the structure and functions of ecosystems were altered. These changes in vegetation and ecosystems impacted the evolution of Cenozoic fauna, as well as the displacements and life habits of early human and pre-human communities. Quantitative reconstruction of palaeovegetation is thus crucial to understand the interactions between Cenozoic climate and vegetation changes, as well as their impacts on fauna and early human communities. In this session, we welcome contributions on quantitative reconstructions of vegetation from models and/or proxy data at regional, continental or global scales, and for any time of the Cenozoic era, from the Palaeocene to the Pleistocene. This open session is organised in the framework of NECLIME (Neogene Climate Evolution in Eurasia) and ROCEEH (The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans).

    List of contributions

  • S26. Seasonal climate differences and their evolution through the Cenozoic of Eurasia (a NECLIME symposium)
    Conveners: Andrea K. Kern, Gonzalo Jimenez-Moreno, Wei-Ming Wang

    The Cenozoic climatic history was initially summarized by long continuous marine records highlighting important phases of warm and cold global temperatures. Accordingly, the same climatic trend was later verified by palaeoclimatic reconstructions based on fossil plants, where a further clearer distinction of temperature and precipitation signals was possible. However, palaeobotanical records have the potential to characterize palaeoclimate also in reference to seasonality due to their sensitivity towards climatic extremes within a year. These inner-annual changes in the climatic evolution shall be the topic of this symposium based on different approaches. Discussions about climatic indicative plant taxa shall be combined with variations in the palaeovegetation derived from botanical abundance records. This information shall be contrasted by climatic parameters reconstructed by various palaeoclimatic approaches (e.g. CLAMP, Coexistence Approach) and other proxy records (e.g. sedimentology, stable isotopes, mammal data). As a consequence, we aim to understand how to trace the presence of seasonality in reference to the global climate and to distinguish significant regional and temporal changes/phases through the Cenozoic. Furthermore, we intend to trace the rise of continental climate patterns in Eastern Europe and Central Asia as well as phenomena such as monsoon climates. This will help to give a deeper understanding of the complexity of the climate and its evolution. 

    List of contributions