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Rachel Devine
PhD Research
Past Life and Environments

Using annually-resolved records to assess how the Baltic Ice Lake influences North Atlantic climate during the Last Glacial-Interglacial Transition.

My current research is based in southern Sweden and utilises glaciolacustrine varves deposited in the former Baltic Ice Lake spanning approximately 13,000 - 11,000 yrs ago (Late Allerød – Younger Dryas). By examining Swedish varves at the microscale, this project aims to refine current estimates of the number of years within the Swedish varve chronology, whilst also reconstructing catchment and glacier dynamics at annual to decadal scales. Identification of isochronous microscopic volcanic ash layers offers the rare opportunity to refine the Swedish varve chronology, and provide absolute age estimates for Baltic Ice Lake drainage. This will enable reconstruction of the synchronicity of ice and ocean responses to abrupt climatic shifts, and assessment of the potential impact of the Baltic Ice Lake drainage on the North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere systems.
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