Learning from the past would mean better adaptation in the future
Nowadays, the word climate change is deeply rooted in our society and yet, how do we know the climate is changing if we only have instrumental data from the last 100 years?
In this documentary, researchers from the University of Zaragoza will make a journey through isolated lakes, ancient forests, remote glaciers, deep caves and archives of rare and historical manuscripts, chasing those evidences that allow us to infer past climate conditions beyond the instrumental period.
Besides, the most important scientists in their fields, will accompany us in this adventure to discover the climate secrets stored in those evidences.
Understanding the climate of the past will help contextualizing the current warming and that would mean better adaptation in the future.
Chasing traces from the past is a project co-financed by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)(FCT-16-11318 'El pasado del clima'), and the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness under the framework of the project 'Variability, trends and extremes of the climate in the Mediterranean side of the Iberian Peninsula since the sixteenth century. Multiproxy and instrumental analysis' (CGL2015-69985-R).
The main goal is to reveal the tools used by different research teams in the reconstruction of past climate conditions, as well as highlighting the importance and relevance of understanding the climate variability, trends and extremes from the past to our days.
The project is carried out by scientists of the Department of Geography and Regional Planning of the University of Zaragoza, with experience in science promotion and outreach.