The Younger Dryas was a period of rapid climate change and the last period of severe glaciation that affected the amphi-North Atlantic region. Although well-studied, the effects of the prevailing atmospheric circulation pattern on the size and dynamics of ice masses remain unresolved (1, 2); however, such information is invaluable to constrain numerical models used to predict future rapid climate change.
Ice masses are the only proxies that enable a reliable reconstruction of former precipitation totals and prevailing wind field, therefore enabling to close the aforementioned data gap.
This project will address a large data gap in central Scotland, a key locus of Younger Dryas glaciation, through a combination of geomorphological mapping, sedimentological and geochronological methods. This research will be embedded within a Leverhulme-funded International Network (2013-2015) and ongoing interdisciplinary projects in collaboration with international partners from Norway and the USA.