South American Paleoclimates and SE Pacific Paleoceanography
Southern Chile, located under the influence of both the southern Westerly winds belt and the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, is a key place to investigate paleoenvironmental reconstructions in the Southern Hemisphere. Previous studies based on land and marine archives suggest that latitudinal shifts of the atmospheric and oceanic circulation systems are at the origin of past climate changes. The main objective of this project is to use a multi-proxy approach to reconstruct changes in temperature, vegetation and humidity in southern Chile over the last deglaciation and the early Holocene. Lakes, fjords and open ocean archives encompassing the center of the Westerly winds will be investigated.