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Project: Antartica Grant Award Agreement

15/12/08 – 15/04/11

This project aims to unravel the climate and environmental history of the Sor Rondane Mountains based on an extensive survey and exploration of various landforms and natural climate archives (e.g. lakes, moraines, lacustrine paleoshorelines). To this end, we will use a combined geomorphological and paleolimnological approach, in a close collaboration with out national and international partners. The results are expected to provide important background information to test ice-sheet models and a framework for the assessment of recently observed climate anomalies, to identify glacial refugia, and more generally to study the evolutionary, biodiversity and biogeographical patterns in Antartic biological communities. It will thus directly contribute to and complement out ongoing paleoclimate and biodiversity related projects in Antarctica.