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      Climate is the planetary response of the atmospheric circulation to its changing composition, to the solar system configuration, to the Earth’s rotation and to the oceans’ and continents’ distributions. It displays, as a result, a restless moving pattern, expressed at a global scale by subsiding and uplifting convection cells.
       These changes have long been recognized and documented in geologic objects of all ages. In many rocks, different geologic features, fossil fragments and imprints, prehistoric remains and historic reports, there is a climate signal that can be analyzed and interpreted. All that information should be gathered in order to learn more about past climate changes. Lessons from the past support the view that deep change is the rule, not the exception, even where no reference is available, due to strongly contrasting extremes, chaotically defined by the whole ensemble of extra-planetary, external, and internal geodynamic controls.

       Science-based knowledge is crucial to face current challenges, which are focus for research within the UNESCO chair on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles and the UNESCO chair on Humanities and Cultural Integrated Landscape Management, both partners in this international meeting.
    Our goal is to stimulate an observational attitude and to promote an open discussion on paleoclimatic signals in order to improve our look at the present and to ground future perspectives.


Geosciences Center 

Center for Earth and Space Research

International meeting on PALEOCLIMATE:


June 18-19, 2019

Coimbra, Portugal

Institutional support

Zêzere glacial valley

Scientific Committee
Organizing Committee
Pierluigi Rosina
professor of geoarchaeology at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar
Artur Abreu Sá
professor of geosciences at the University of Trás os Montes e Alto Douro
Luiz Oosterbeek
professor of archaeology and landscape management at the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar
Nuno Monteiro Vaz
professor of geosciences at the University of Trás os Montes e Alto Douro
Eduardo Ivo Alves
professor of geosciences at the University of Coimbra
Anna Morozova
researcher in astronomy at the University of Coimbra
Maria Helena Henriques
professor of geosciences at the University of Coimbra
Rui Pena dos Reis
professor of geosciences at the University of Coimbra
Larbi Boudad
University Moulay Ismail at Meknès (Morocco)
Marta Arzarello
University of Ferrara (Italy) and Secretary-General of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences
scientific Committee
(in progress)
Paolo Mozzi
University of Padova (Italy)
Sofie Lindström
Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
Stanley C. Finney
California State University - Long Beach (USA) and Secretary General of the International Union of Geological Sciences
Robert Sala Ramos
Director of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (Spain)
Javier Matín Chivelet
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
Colin Summerhayes
Scott Polar Research Institute (UK)
David Grinspoon
Planetary Science Institute (USA)
François Djindjian
University of Paris (France) and President of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences
François Sémah
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (France)
Geert-Jan Vis
Geological Survey of the Netherlands
Jefferson Cardia Simões
Centro Polar e Climático, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and Vice-President of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR/ICSU)
Ramsés Capilla
Petrobras Research Center (Cenpes), developing oil geochemistry surveys (biomarkers and isotopes), Petrobras University, Executive Board of the Brazilian Society of Geochemistry (SBGq) (Brazil)
Carlos S. Bandeira de Mello
Research and Development Center of Petrobras (Brazil) Surface Geochemistry  for oil and gas prospection on sedimentary basins
Stephen Hesselbo
University of Exeter (UK) and  Chair of the International Subcommission on Jurassic Stratigraphy
Sónia Silva Victória
University of Cape Verde
Robert Fainstein
Geosciences Center of the University of Coimbra (Portugal); Society of Exploration Geophysics - SEG Emeritus; Associated Editor of Interpretation Magazine of the SEG
research topics
T1 - Paleoclimates in the Solar System: external forcing and divergent evolutions
T2 - Climate changes in geological time: lessons to learn 
T3 - Climate memory in the geological record 
T4 - Climate changes and human adaptations throughout the Quaternary 
T5 - Climatic events and human-environment interactions in the Holocene
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