INQUA MARE: INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcords at Sensitive Latitudes (Project 2002P)

Coordinatore: Karen Gariboldi, Viviana Maria Gamboa-Sojo (Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Pisa), Nessim Douss (OGS, Università di Trieste)

Ente finanziatore: INQUA (International Union For Quaternary Research)

Budget: 3700€/anno

Partners: Escuela Centroamericana de Geología (Universidad de Costa Rica, UCR); Dipartimento di Matematica e Geoscienze (Università degli Studi di Trieste); Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - OGS

Durata: marzo 2020 - dicembre 2024

The “INQUA MARE: INtegrated QUAternary MArine REcord at Sensitive Latitudes” project (2020-2024) is a new scientific action in the frame of the Coastal and Marine Processes (CMP) Commission and of the Submerged Palaeolandscapes of the Southern Hemisphere (SPLOSH) International Focus Group of INQUA. As this project has the objective of exhaustively explore the interactions between the tropical and polar areas, INQUA-MARE workshops will bring together micropaleontologists, modellers, geochemists, sedimentologists, oceanographers and geophysicists to discuss the pivotal drivers of oceanographic (e.g. the closure or opening of seaways) and atmospheric changes (e.g. those related to readjustment of marine currents), their feedback on climate and environmental characteristics, particularly addressing the timing of responses. Some of the “technical” themes that will be discussed during the workshops are: A) the comparison and integration of the analytical data obtained by different research groups, encouraging their share through the use of free online databases; B) the discussion on inter-laboratories standardisation of analytical procedure; C) the identification of unexploited existing sedimentary records (sediment cores) or survey datasets (e.g. oceanographic and geophysical data, etc.). On the other hand, the scientific discussion will address: A) the interpretation of proxies; B) the definition of the state-of-the-art about pole-to-pole teleconnections; C) the identification of Pacific versus Atlantic connection as responsible for the heat transport between the Polar areas. These topics will be faced during round table discussions, opened by key-talk presentation of Senior Scientists, who will introduce the state-of-the-art on specific topic, and will help to define the main points that should be addressed for the discussion. 4 workshops will be organised addressing the i) the Antarctic realm, ii) the Arctic realm, iii) the Tropical realms, and iv) the interaction between Polar and Tropical areas. The first two workshops will be held in Italy (in Trieste and Pisa, respectively), while the 3rd and the 4th workshops will be held in two of the countries of the Developing Countries Researchers involved in the project (Costa Rica, and Tunisia).