TALK: Free Seminar: Climate Windows for Polynesian Voyaging Across the Pacific
|Free Seminar: Climate Windows for Polynesian Voyaging Across the Pacific : A/Prof Ian D Goodwin's research has reconstructed the Pacific climate, decade by decade, for the past millennium.
A signature of modern climate change is the poleward expansion of the tropics, but has it happened in the recent millennia? And how can past climate reconstruction help us to understand future changes in Southern Hemisphere marine climate and coasts?
Associate Professor in Marine Climatology, Coastal Oceanography and Glaciology at Macquarie University and adjunct research fellow at the UWA Oceans Institute, Ian D Goodwin presents this free public seminar as part of the Ocean's Institute Anthropocene Oceans Seminar Series .
Ian will describe how climate change opened windows of opportunity for Polynesian seafarers to use changing windfields to voyage and colonise the Pacific, in particular, Easter Island and New Zealand, and forays into the Southern Ocean and South America during the Medieval Period.
At the same time these ocean winds and waves were shaping our modern Australian coast, and he will provide an insight into how past climate reconstruction can help to understand future changes in Southern Hemisphere marine climate and coasts.
Ian has almost 40 years research experience in the fields of climatology, paleoclimatology and climate change science, coastal and marine geoscience, coastal oceanography, and polar glaciology. He uses proxy climate data from natural archives such as ice cores, corals, coastal sediments, together with historical meteorology to reconstruct natural climate variability, ocean wind and wave patterns, coastline change, and human maritime voyaging.
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