A new book Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness will be released in July this year. More information and pre-order available at http://whiopublishing.co.nz/
Our study on the equatorial rain belt displacement by analyzing data from a stalagmite collected in the Yok Balum Cave, Belize, is now published in Scientific Reports.
We have set up a Twitter channel:
The QUEST Team will soon be joined by Ms. Cinthya Nava Fernandez from Mexico. Cinthya received a PhD fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD) to study Holocene ENSO variability using speleothems from Australasia and South America.
Cinthya will be based at RUB, supervised by Seb, Adam and Adrian Immenhauser.
We joined for the mid-term meeting at the Speleothem Research Group of University of Mainz at March 7 & 8, 2017. Adam and Beth joined by Skype.
Norbert contributed to the Sydney Chapman Chair Seminar series “Complex Systems Science Meets Arctic Science” at the University of Fairbanks, Alaska, 28 Feb 2017 and 2 March 2017: One lecture on recurrence plot analyses for the scienific experts and one lecture on “Caves as scientific archives” for the non-expert audience, but both related to research performed within QUEST.
There was opportunity to visit the one and only permafrost tunnel of the world.
Seb is currently visiting Beth and Adam to conduct fieldwork in Waipuna cave. The goal was to survey surface and cave tracks to link drip monitoring sites in the cave with the meteo station at the surface, install loggers, download collected data etc.
Two trips were very successful, although the autosampler – to be deployed – failed us due to moisture creeping into the electronics (again). It is currently being repaired and will be installed as soon as time permits.
The first publication by members of the QUEST team (Norbert & Seb) has recently been published in Nature Communications on a giant see-saw in the monsoonal realm. Find the paper here: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms12929
A press release has also been published by PIK Potsdam:
Seb presented QUEST in an invited public lecture on the 6th of May 2016 at the VdHK General Assembly in the Harz Mountains. The lecture on “Climate reconstructions from caves and the importance of climate monitoring in caves” appealed to the German speleologists to support scientific monitoring efforts in caves. A lively questioning-answering session helped to explain the importance of monitoring and the roles non-scientists can play in scientific projects. The talk and discussion got great feedback from the community.
Seb, Adam, Beth, Norbert and team are presenting their research at EGU in Vienna.