Earth Institute Research Projects

Collaborative Research: P2C2-Past and Future Drought Variability in the Mediterranean Basin

Lead PI: Kevin Anchukaitis , Benjamin L Cook

Unit Affiliation: Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

June 2011 - May 2013
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: This project examines the natural patterns of hydroclimate variability in the Mediterranean Basin using tree-rings, historical and paleo climate data, and modeling. The researchers will use a spatially intense multi-century to millennial-length gridded reconstruction of hydroclimate variability from North Africa to create a Mediterranean Basin Drought Atlas (MBDA) which would be compatible with similar atlases for other areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The analysis of climatic and paleoclimatic data will help identify potential linkages of Mediterranean climate variability with large-scale patterns of atmospheric and oceanic variability.