East Greenland

East Greenland


1-Scoresby2I have been working on a collaborative project in the Scoresby Sund region of central East Greenland since 2004. A major question that this research addresses is whether enhanced seasonality (i.e., extremely cold winters and only moderately cold summers) characterized abrupt climate events of the last glacial period (e.g., Denton et al., 2005, Quaternary Science Reviews). Our results support this “seasonality” hypothesis and are discussed in detail in two papers: Kelly et al., 2008, doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.08.004; and Hall et al., 2008, doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.08.001. Other publications on Greenland include Kelly and Lowell, 2009, doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.12.008, and Kelly and Long, 2009.

1-Scoresby5Further work in the Scoresby Sund region is determining the Holocene extents of local ice caps along a transect from a coastal marine setting to near the modern Greenland Ice Sheet to develop proxy records of climate conditions that influenced the ice sheet margin.  See this 2010 article in the Dartmouth News about my East Greenland research. Results thus far from this research are described in two papers: Levy et al., 2013, doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.06.024, and Lowell et al., 2013, doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2012.11.012. My collaborators on this project are Brenda Hall (University of Maine) and Thomas Lowell (University of Cincinnati).

Funding for the East Greenland research is from NSF (ARC-0909270), (ANT-0527946) and the Comer Family Foundation.

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