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Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes (APEX) 2008


Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes (APEX) 2008

Second International Conference and Workshop

Hosted by: The Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham City, UK

1st April – 4th April, 2008

APEX – Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes is a network research programme aiming to understand Arctic climatic changes beyond instrumental records and which builds on the work of PONAM and QUEEN. Our particular emphasis is to focus on the magnitude/frequency of the climate variability and, in particular, the “extremes” versus the “normal” conditions of the climate system. It is an interdisciplinary programme that integrates marine and terrestrial science and utilizes modelling and field observations. APEX involves scientists from 15 European countries, Canada and USA and is one of the coordinating programmes for palaeoclimate research during 2007/2008.

The Second APEX Conference and Workshop comprised of two full days and one half day of presentations and discussions on current Arctic research including those related to the International Polar Year 2007/2008. The conference was hosted by Durham University, in Durham City in the North East of England, a spectacular cathedral city with an amazing heritage. Narrow cobbled streets wind their way around the rocky peninsula to the majestic Norman cathedral and castle. The cathedral and castle not only dominate the skyline, they are also a designated a World Heritage Site.

Conference Organisers

  • David Evans, Durham, UK
  • Martin Jakobsson, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Antony Long, Durham, UK
  • Niamh McElherron, Durham, UK
  • Colm O’Cofaigh, Durham, UK
  • Dave Roberts, Durham, UK

Apex Steering Committee

  • Kurt Kjær, Denmark; Juha Pekka Lunkka, Finland; Gerhard Krinner, France & Robert Spielhagen, Germany
  • Claus Andreason, Greenland; Ólafur Ingólfsson, Iceland & John Inge Svendsen, Norway
  • Thijs van Kolfschoten, The Netherlands; Martin Jakobsson (Chairman), Sweden & Dmitry Subetto, Russia
  • Antony Long, Durham, UK

Provisional attendees include

  • Anne de Vernal, University of Quebec Martin Jakobsson, Stockholm University
  • Claude Hillaire-Marcel, University of Quebec Jan Mangerud, University of Bergen
  • Christian Hjort, Lund University Per Möller, Lund University
  • Robert Spielhagen, Academy of Sciences, Mainz

Abstract Submission
Delegates were invited to submit an abstract for either a presentation or poster. All presentations were 20 minutes in length (including questions and answers). Posters were A0 size, landscape and will be on display throughout the meeting.

APEX categories

  • Arctic marine and terrestrial glacial maxima; Sea level minima and sea-ice
  • Arctic Oceanpalaeoceanography
  • Ice shelf extent; Past atmospheric circulation
  • Interglacial and interstadial environments
  • Fluvial-marine interaction
  • Freshwater budget and ice-dammed lakes
  • Permafrost
  • Glacier and ice sheet dynamics
  • Arctic marine and terrestrial biosphere
  • Cryospheric modelling

Conference delegates were housed in University accommodation, which was available on a first-come, first-served basis as follows:

  • Hatfield College – single occupancy (double room), with ensuite. £310
  • Hatfield College – single occupancy (single room), with ensuite. £280
  • Durham Castle – twin occupancy, with ensuite. £270
  • Hatfield College – twin occupancy, with ensuite. £250
  • Durham Castle – single occupancy, no ensuite. £215

Please note that the above costs included registration, a buffet supper and bed and breakfast on the night of 1st April and dinner (which included the conference dinner on 3rd April), bed and breakfast on the nights of 2nd and 3rd April. The cost also included lunch on three days and refreshments.

Day delegates could also register at a cost of £35.00 per day.

They were also welcome to join us for the conference dinner at a cost of £40.00 per person.