Launch of PAGES working group: Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from Archives of Society (CRIAS)


Written records, early instrumental observations, and artefacts such as flood markers - the archives of societies - play a vital role in high-resolution climate reconstruction. CRIAS aims to improve methods of analysing these sources and the data drawn from them in order to better understand historical climate variability and its human dimensions.
For more information, visit the website here or sign up to the CRIAS mailing list.

New Proxy Record for Southwestern Africa

A new article published in the International Journal of Climatology offers a document-based hydrochronology of southwestern Africa during the second half of the 19th century. Based on the journals of missionaries to central Namibia held in archives in Europe and Africa, the record demonstrates abnormally high interannual variability compared to contemporary records for other parts of Africa. Given the relative paucity of instrumental and proxy records for Africa, this article is a welcome addition to the body of historical climatology work. Read the full article here

CHN Fall Newsletter Published

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Nicholas Cunigan, our newsletter editor, has published the Fall 2017 issue of our Climate History Newsletter. You'll find podcast links, feature article summaries, calls for papers, conference updates, and our usual list of new scholarship. It's a big list, owing to a number of recent, groundbreaking publications in our field. 

Download the issue by clicking here.