Events | 1 December 2022 | Workshop

Q-MARE - Quaternary Marine Ecosystems: Climate Versus Human Impacts In The Pre-Industrial Era


Assemble metadata on available sedimentary archives and published data to address the workshop question.

Climate and human activities altered marine ecosystems for thousands of years before industrialization, changing the composition, structure and dynamics of marine communities and the distribution, ecology and physiology of marine organisms. However, disentangling human impacts from those of natural climate variability remains a challenge. Marine ecosystems have proven robust to natural climatic perturbations, but are less resilient to anthropogenic impacts. Moreover, the timing, rate, and intensity of anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems before  and after the industrial revolution varied across the world, increasing and confounding the effect of the shifting baselines syndrome. Q-MARE brings together scientists from different disciplines to disentangle past climate and human-induced changes and explore the timing and scale of human impacts on Quaternary marine ecosystems by combining paleontological, paleoclimatic, archaeological, and historical data. 

  • From 5th to 7th of Decembre, 15h-18h CET
  • Keynote speakers: Dr. Martin Visbeck, Dr. Anne Salomon and Dr. Heike K. Lotze.