23.05.2016 / 18:00

27.05.2016 / 14:00

Past Gateways 4th International Conference

We are pleased to welcome you to the Fourth 'PAST Gateways' (Palaeo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal Gateways) International Conference which will take place in Trondheim, Norway on May 23-27, 2016. The conference is hosted by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU). For info about Trondheim, visit the travel info page.


There are four main themes for the conference. We invite abstracts on studies addressing problems within the four themes, in the period preceding instrumental records across decadal to millennial time scales, in the formerly glaciated areas of North America, Russia and northern Europe.

1. Growth and decay of Arctic Ice Sheets
2. Arctic sea-ice and ocean changes
3. Non-glaciated Arctic environments including permafrost change
4. Sea level change in the Arctic

Please find further information about the program, registration, payment and abstract submittal below.

Registration form
Travel info
Field Trip


'PAST Gateways' (Palaeo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal Gateways) is an IASC endorsed network research programme, the scientific goal of which is to understand Arctic environmental change during the period preceding instrumental records and across decadal to millennial timescales. The focus of the six year programme is on the nature and significance of Arctic gateways, both spatial and temporal, with an emphasis on the transitions between major Late Cenozoic climate events such as interglacials to full glacials and full glacial to deglacial states, as well as more recent Holocene fluctuations. There are three major themes to the programme: (1) Growth and decay of Arctic Ice Sheets; (2) Arctic sea-ice and ocean changes, and (3) Non-glaciated Arctic environments. PAST Gateways follows on from the previous network programmes of 'PONAM' (Polar North Atlantic Margins), 'QUEEN' (Quaternary Environment of the Eurasian North) and, most recently, 'APEX' (Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes). It is interdisciplinary in nature and seeks to bring together field scientists and numerical modellers to advance understanding about Arctic climate change. The network involves scientists from across Europe, Russia, Canada and the USA.

Lilja R. Bjarnadóttir (Geological Survey of Norway)
Tove Aune (Geological Survey of Norway)
Jochen Knies (Geological Survey of Norway)
Kari Grøsfjeld, (Geological Survey of Norway)
Louise Hansen (Geological Survey of Norway)
Anders Romundset (Geological Survey of Norway)
Thomas Lakeman (Geological Survey of Norway)
Astrid Lyså (Geological Survey of Norway)
Eiliv Larsen (Geological Survey of Norway)
Dag Ottesen (Geological Survey of Norway)
Mona Henriksen (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)
Colm Ó Cofaigh (Durham University)

PAST-Gateways Steering Committee
H. Alexanderson, C. Andresen, L. R. Bjarnadóttir, J. Briner, A. de Vernal, G. Fedorov, M. Henriksen, N. Kirchner, R. Lucchi, H. Meyer, C. O’Cofaigh (Chairman), R. Noormets, K. Strand, and R. Urgeles.