On January 26 2018, the CLEAR project members got together for a joint workshop at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ in Potsdam. For this meeting we aimed to exchange new results, to discuss the age-depth model of the sediment profiles, and to develop a publication plan for the last project phase.
Michelé Denies introduced to us the latest version of the age-depth model, applying for all five parallel sediment cores of the Tayma palaeolake. After several years of work and many, many, many C-14 dates we achieved a final stage of the model, which we all agreed on. All proxy data obtained from the different sediment cores can now be directly compared. This important step forms the basis for all the planned research papers.
One of these papers will comprehensively investigate the link of the humid phase in the Tayma region to changes in atmospheric circulation and the role of possible hemispheric teleconnections. Ina Neugebauer presented for this purpose the publication outline. We planned to integrate most of the available proxy data in this paper (i.e. sediments, mineralogy, isotopes, microfossils, vegetation, biomarkers), in order to create a big picture of the lake system development in the past and to analyse the changes from various angles.
This workshop reinforced once again the cooperation between the CLEAR project members and boosted the motivation of all people in the last project phase.