Palaeoclimate dynamics and variability
State and Timescale-dependency of Climate Variability from the last Glacial to present day (STACY)
The group explores and quantifies changes of climate variability in the past, the role (global) mean temperature plays in them, and assesses how well climate models can reflect them. We focus predominantly on the time period from the last Glacial period to the present day (the last 130,000 years). and to assess how well climate model simulations can capture them. In our work we combine statistical analysis of climate proxy and model data, the modeling of palaeoclimate proxy archive signal formation and climate modeling (from the very simple to full complexity), to improve the understanding of climate variability changes in a warming world.
- How does climate variability depend on the general Earth system state, and global mean temperature?
- How is variability on short timescales (in other words: weather) linked to variability on long timescales (up to Glacial-Interglacial timescales)?
- How does the Earth system's sensitivity to disturbances (for example volcanic eruptions, or massive ice melt) change under mean-state changes?
CONTACTDr. Kira Rehfeld
Institut für Umweltphysik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 229 (4th floor, room 403)
Phone: +49 6221 54 6353
Email: kira.rehfeld ( at ) iup.uni-heidelberg.de
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PROJECT OPPORTUNITIESPlease contact us if you are interested in our work. There are currently opportunities at the Master, PhD and Postdoc level.
PhD position: Statistical analysis of speleothem data (pdf)
Postdoc position: Inverse modeling of palaeoclimate archives (pdf)
MSc thesis: Statistical analysis of polar ice core data (for more information - email)