Information - GM3.5 Cold regions geomorphology: present landforms and past climate (co-listed in CR)
Present-day glacial and periglacial processes in arctic and alpine environments provide modern analogues that are crucial to correctly reconstruct processes and climatic changes that took place in mid-latitude regions during the Pleistocene (e.g. retreat of ice sheets and mountain glaciers, melting of low-land permafrost). Current changes in mid-latitude mountain ranges, on the other hand, might be auguries of changes occurring in artic regions within a context of future climate change (e.g. shrinkage and disappearance of glaciers, speed-up of creeping permafrost features, relictification of rockglaciers).
We invite contributions applying knowledge from present-day glacial and/or periglacial landforms and processes with the aim of reconstructing past environmental conditions in mid-latitude lowland and high-mountain areas. Case studies highlighting the interaction between these two cryospheric components, or those pointing out novel findings that could provide a fresh outlook on palaeoenvironments, are also highly welcome.
Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Dr. D.J.A. Evans (Durham, UK)
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