Under the “mist” of covid-19, Florian has joined AWI’s marine geochemistry section where he will set up and lead his recently funded Helmholtz Young Investigator Group “CLOC” for the coming 6 years. He has previously been working as a PostDoc in Bern, Switzerland, and Lund, Sweden, from where he also obtained his doctorate reconstructing past changes in solar activity from ice cores, as well as their influences on climate. He has a keen interest in cosmogenic radionuclides (14C, 10Be, …) and how we can use them to learn more about (paleo-)climate dynamics, the Sun, and Earth’s magnetic field.
At AWI, his group will investigate the dynamics of past climate changes and test whether there were any leads and lags in the climate system during its major reorganizations such as Dansgaard-Oeschger Events, glacial terminations, or the mid-Pleistocene transition. They will use variations in the flux of galactic cosmic rays into the Earth’s atmosphere as an extraterrestrial clock to synchronize different climate archives from ice sheets, terrestrial records, and the world’s oceans. This way, they will diminish the typically very large chronological uncertainties that currently challenge a combined interpretation of all these records. Can we distinguish whether past climate changes were initiated in the ocean, the atmosphere, or the cryosphere? Were there early warnings signs? How did the changes propagate between different ocean basins? How can we further improve our chronologies to be able to ask new questions in paleoclimatology? These are the questions Florian and his group are excited to look at.
Generally, Florian is always interested in new collaborations and learning through them – so if any of this sounds interesting to you: Please reach out to him or check out his ORCID.
Florian is located in Bremerhaven. Contact him here.