We study the impact of changing earth surface properties on the climate system. For this research we will evaluate three specific aspects of surface properties including:
- the role of surface feedback in amplifying regional climate change, including the seasonal cycle, heat wave/drought events and long-term warming trends,
- climate change driven by the rapid growth of cities with their unique surface properties, and
- the geo-engineering of cities to improve local climate by modifying surface properties.
Late Holocene Paleoclimate Reconstruction and Long-Term Human Response in the Region of Timbuktu, Mali (West Africa): Interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of the Lake Faguibine region and the drought-afflicted populations
This interdisciplinary proposal seeks to integrate climatological, remote sensing, geomorphological and archaeological research into a cohesive study of long-term climate change over the past 5000 years at the border between the Sahara and the Sahel at Timbuktu, which is part of the Middle Niger hydraulic system. Understanding how humans have responded to Late Holocene climates in this region, to their long-term trends and abrupt excursions, will provide insight into the types of social institutions employed by the local populations that sought effectively to deal with the unpredictability of their physical world.
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