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AGU journal Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology

Call for Papers for the Special Collection:
Illuminating a Warmer World: Insights from the Paleogene

Submission Open: 1 August 2022
Submission Deadline: 31 December 2023

Special Collection Organizers:
Thomas Westerhold, MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen
Allison A. Baczynski, Pennsylvania State University
Sandra Kirtland Turner, University of California, Riverside


The nature of a warmer than present Earth – insights from the Hothouse, Warmhouse and Coolhouse climate states of the Paleogene The trajectory of future climate change has led to increased focus on the climate dynamics of the Paleogene Period. Much can be learned about the habitability of our planet in response to higher atmospheric CO2 and temperature, the characteristics of climate states, the causes and consequences of abrupt climate changes, and the resilience and adaptation of biota. Through interdisciplinary approaches combining paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, and paleontology, along with biogeochemical and climate modeling, we can evaluate how changes in climate and the environment affect past ecosystems on timescales ranging from millions of years to orbital-scale to millennial. Combined model and data approaches in particular allow determination of how the biosphere reacts on regional to global spatial scales in response to severe and/or abrupt climate upheaval.

The focus of this special collection is on advances in understanding and new approaches to unraveling patterns and controls on life on a warmer planet. The intention is to collect results at the forefront of research using geological record and model simulations spanning the Paleogene and bounding geologic intervals, featured during the 12th International Conference on Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene (CBEP12). Papers investigating aspects related to climatic, biotic, and physical systems, and their interaction over a wide range of timescales, are welcomed.

More information here.

To submit your manuscript, use the GEMS site for Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology and select the collection title from the drop down menu in the Special Collection field of the submission form.