First PACT meeting in Goa
The Pliocene Arctic Teleconnections project (PACT), extending over a period of four years (2016 to 2020), is supported by the Norwegian Resarch Council's program for Indian/Norwegian collaboration (INDNOR) in collaboration with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India.
PACT is led by the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE), at the Arctic University of Norway in (UiT). The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) is partner in the project together with Birbal Sahni Institute for Paleosciences (BSIP), Lucknow in India, National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) i Goa i India, University of Plymouth (PU) and Leeds University (UiL) in England.
The meeting was held January 16-18, 2017 at NCAOR. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the work plan of the PACT project. During the next four years, the PACT project will attempt to explore the teleconnection between the Arctic Climate and the Indian and the Australian monsoon system. This will be achieved using data from IODP cores obtained from the mid-Pliocene warm period - around 3 million years ago - when the CO2 levels were as high as at present and temperatures were higher by 2-3 degrees Celsius than at present. The Pliocene warm period presents the best analogue for understanding the impacts of future global warming scenarios.