1st GINKGO Palaeovegetation Workshop

June 3-5, 2014 at Senckenberg Museum (day 1) and BiK-F (day 2 and 3), Frankfurt

Terrestrial biosphere and climate affect each other. Plants need sunlight, warmth and rain, the vegetation, in turn, changes radiation and heat fluxes between soil and atmosphere as well as evaporation and water storage in the soil. How does this interaction differ between current interglacial climate, glacial climate and pre-Quaternary climate states? How do plant traits change with time? How have dynamic global vegetation models to be adapted to address palaeo climate and vegetation dynamics? Do we need to equip our models with special palaeo plant functional types?

These questions will be addressed at this 3 day workshop in Frankfurt (starting Tuesday 13:00 and ending Thursday 12:00).
Presentations – oral and posters - addressing palaeo vegetation reconstruction and data as well as modelling are welcome.

Program and abstracts:

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Hugo de Boer, University Utrecht
Physical constraints predict scaling of stomatal sizes and densities across species and evolutionary time

Martin Claussen, MPI for Meteorology, Hamburg
PFTs and the stability of atmosphere-vegetation interaction – some conceptual thoughts

Jussi Eronen, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (LOEWE BiK-F), Frankfurt
Modeling Late Miocene (11-7 Ma) vegetation with LPJ-GUESS and comparison with proxy data

Mikael Fortelius, University of Helsinki
Dental ecometrics, palaeodiet and palaeoclimate: more questions than answers

Louis Francois, Université de Liège
Middle Miocene vegetation reconstructions with the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model and validation using the NECLIME database

Thomas Giesecke, University Göttingen
The problem of the laggards

Thomas Hickler, BiK-F and University Frankfurt
Adapting DGVMs for modelling vegetation over the last 400 Million years

Jed Kaplan, University of Lausanne
Modeling global vegetation in the late Quaternary: What progress have we made over the past 20 years and what are the priorities for the future?

Thomas Kleinen, MPI for Meteorology, Hamburg
Modelling vegetation during the Permian

Johan Liakka, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (LOEWE BiK-F), Frankfurt
The impact of climate-vegetation interactions on the onset of the Antarctic ice sheet

Mirjam Pfeiffer, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (LOEWE BiK-F), Frankfurt
Vegetation and fire modeling in the late Quaternary: How should we handle anthropogenic fire disturbance?

Ulrike Port, MPI for Meteorology, Hamburg
Vegetation-climate interactions during the Early Eocene

Felix Portmann, LOEWE BiK-F & Goethe-University Working Group Hydrology
Comparing palaeovegetation proxy records with model results for the Late Miocene: Methods and possible conclusions on the Gulf Stream intensity

Ulrich Salzmann,  Northumbria University Newcastle
Challenges in reconstructing and quantifying Pliocene vegetation and climate with data and model

Simon Scheiter, University Frankfurt
Fire and fire-adapted vegetation promote C4 expansion in the late Miocene

Malte Semmler, University Göttingen
Exploring Holocene vegetation pattern in central Europe

Michael Stärz, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven
Dynamic soil feedbacks on the climate of the mid-Holocene and the Last Glacial Maximum

Torsten Utescher, University Bonn
The use of PFTs in palaeovegetation reconstruction

Organizational details

New Deadlines:Registration: 25 Mai 2014Submission of abstracts: 25 Mai 2014

Thomas Hickler, BiK-F und Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Volker Mosbrugger, BiK-F, Senkenberg Forschungsinstitut und Goethe-Universität Frankurt
Martin Claussen, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie und Universität Hamburg
Christian Reick, Max-Planck-Institut für Meteorologie


Day 1:
    Senckenberg Museum for Natural History
    Room "Meriansaal"
    Senckenberganlage 25, Frankfurt

Day 2 and 3:
    LOEWE - Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum
    Room "Wallace"
    Georg-Voigt-Straße 14-16, Frankfurt


Please send registrations (with/without tentative title of talk) to
Sylvia Houston
MPI for Meteorology, Hamburg
email:   Sylvia.Houston@we dont want spammpimet.mpg.de
phone: +49 (0)40 41173 - 22
fax:      +49 (0)40 41173 - 350


Hotel rooms are available at special rates until 10 April 2014. Detailed information will be sent upon registration.
Further help is provided by:
Judit Berg
Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt
email:   Judit.Berg@we dont want spamsenckenberg.de
phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1822
fax:      +49 (0)69 7542 1800

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