Another year has passed and, unbelievably, this will be the last year of ARAMACC and my last Christmas greeting. Still, we have the final workshop to look forward to, taking place in January and centred around the Arctic Frontiers conference. Watch out for more details about that very soon.
2016 featured the Summer School in Split and our appearence en masse at the 4th sclerochronology conference in Portland (our Portland contingent are pictured in the Christmas message above).
ARAMACC publications are starting to appear, and I’ve opened a page for them on the website (please help me to keep it updated).
And we even have our first PhD, Stefania, who has somehow got the whole thing done and dusted before even three years are up !! Absolutely fantastic performance, Stef.
So, enjoy your holidays everybody. I think 2017 will be a great year for ARAMACC outputs and, let’s hope, some continuation projects … (And the death of Brexit, sooner rather than later; I want copllaboration with you lot to remain straighforward!)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Here’s ARAMACC opposite the hotel where the 4th International Sclerochronology Conference (ISC2016) was held earlier this month. We can all be proud of the significant contribution that ARAMACC made; about 25% of all talks and posters were by ARAMACC ESRs or their supervisors or people formally associated with ARAMACC. The contingent from outside the US was overwhelmingly dominated by ARAMACC people.
Some of us were giving our first talks at a major international conference, and having done a practice session beforehand, they all went pretty well. Question time was by no means easy, but we dealt with them well, and if there was a prize for feistiness it would go to Maria with a spirited defence of modelling that I certainly won’t forget in a hurry. In the realm of real prizes, congratulations to Tamara who got an award for her poster. You’ll find lots of pictures from the conference on the Sclerochronology Facebook page.
Thanks especially to Al Wanamaker who organised the conference in spite of living and working 2000 kilometres away in Iowa. I know it was a tough assignment, and while the venue was excellent and we were all comfortable there, it was undoubtedly very expensive.
Looking to the future, the next sclero conference in 2019 will be organised by one of our own – Melita Peharda from Split has taken up the baton. All of us who have been there know it’s a beautiful venue and I hope over the next three years we can all play a part in making ISC2019 a great success!
Melita Peharda announces ISC2019
Fabian, Juan and Li with Odd Helge Otterå
Numerical modelling of climate and the oceans is a complex field, and making linkages between outputs from multiple disparate models and the data we have been working up during ARAMACC is by no means straightforward. Where the models are similar to our data, what does that mean? How can we use those similarities to test the models or to validate our data? I hope we moved a little bit in the right direction during the modelling part of the workshop. Difficult ideas were very well explained by our team of distinguished experts in the field:
Ivica Vilibic ́on dense water formation and overturning in the Adriatic; Paul Halloran with a very clear and well illustrated overview of numerical modelling followed by an introduction to the intricacies of biogeochemical modelling; Odd Helge Ottera on how to deal with decadal variability in global ocean models can be used to address decadal variability; and the workshop ended with Eduardo Zorita covering global climate models, focusing on the climate of the last millennium.
We did also find time to take a look at our data, and found some very close and interesting connections between shell growth and some of the models.
Stella, Carin and Paul Halloran
Eduardo chatting with Melita and Stef (and I think that’s Maria next to Stef, but please tell me if I’m wrong!)