In the period June 2010 - June 2014, INTIMATE was a COST Action (ES0907). Most of the information found on this web page describes the activities of the INTIMATE COST Action, some of which will be continued beyond the COST phase. At the final meeting of the INTIMATE COST Action in June 2014, Dr. Christine Lane was elected chair of the post-COST INTIMATE project. You can find the new web site here.
The objective of INTIMATE is to reconstruct past abrupt and extreme climate changes over the period 60,000 to 8000 years ago, by facilitating INTegration of Ice core, MArine, and TErrestrial palaeoclimate records and using the combined data in climate models to better understand the mechanisms and impact of change, thereby reducing the uncertainty of future prediction.
The COST Action was organized in 4 working groups:
|Working Group 1 – Dating and Chronological Modelling
A reliable chronological framework is the basis of all studies of the past climate. WG1 is dedicated to developing and improving dating methods over the last 60,000 years and bringing scientists together to develop a coherent dating framework in which records can be compared at unprecedented detail.
|Working Group 2 – Quantification of Past Climate
The aim of WG2 is to collect and quantify information of past climate from e.g. ice cores, tree rings, corals, stalagmites, and marine and lake sediments in order to draw a detailed picture of the highly variable climate evolution in the North Atlantic region.
|Working Group 3 – Modelling Mechanisms of Past Change
Our ability to forecast the rates and magnitudes of future change depends on numerical models. By using combined ice core, terrestrial, and marine data sets as targets, WG3 will optimize methodologies to evaluate model simulations and make data-model comparisons.
|Working Group 4 – Climate Impacts
The group will gain insights into the impacts of past climatic changes on animal and human populations and the ecosystems of which they are part. WG4 will quantify the magnitudes and rates of population, species, and ecosystem responses in space and through time.