Garrison Loope, Ph.D student in the Department of Geosciences, will present "The 2,000 Year-Old Climate Puzzle: Putting South Asian Drought in Geological Context."
Last year alone, over 300 million people in India were impacted by a drought that caused widespread crop failure and a spike in food prices. Over the coming decades climate change is expected to cause droughts more intense than anything we've experienced since we started making detailed records of the weather 200 years ago. As a paleoclimatologist, Garrison uses geological records including lake sediments, tree rings, ice cores and cave formations to piece together the history of drought across monsoon Asia over the last 2000 years. This geological context of drought allows us to see how unprecedented the climate of the 21st century has been and will continue to be.