Keele MSc project abroad

Faculty of Earth Sciences

University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Advisors: Dr Alix Cage(Keele University)

‌‌Iceland view image Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland in collaboration with Dr Jón Eiríksson and Dr Esther Gudmundsdóttir (University of Iceland)

Late-Quaternary change in the Icelandic Seas

Millennial-scale climate variability is a pervasive feature in marine, ice and terrestrial records in late Quaternary subpolar North Atlantic records and is commonly associated with perturbations in heat transport driven by the freshwater forcing and variability in the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and subpolar gyre dynamics. The overarching theme of this project will be to reconstruct past ocean conditions and investigate climate change over the Icelandic Seas during the late-Quaternary: a region of the North Atlantic which has been somewhat overlooked despite its potential sensitivity for recording changes in the intensity of the East Icelandic Current (influenced by the Greenland Current) and the positioning of the Arctic Front.

The project will focus on using planktonic and benthic foraminiferal assemblages to reconstruct past ocean conditions, with the student developing strong taxonomy and ecological statistical skills. Additional multi-proxy data, e.g. sedimentological and geochemical data, will also be utilised, along with geochronological constraints from tephra layers found in the marine sediment core (generated from a related project).

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