Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

Croatian Geological Survey

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY

National Competitive Projects

ACCENT - Abrupt climate changes – Evidence from Quaternary sedimentological sequences in Croatia


A fundamental and interdisciplinary approach to investigate sudden climate change enables us to obtain valuable data and interpret the dynamics of these changes. This data and their interpretation can form the basis, both for comparing palaeoclimate changes with modern ones and for predicting the dynamics of these changes in the future. These insights can make it easier for humankind to adapt to changes that will affect all aspects of life on Earth. Because of fast and unquestionable climate change and threats that have emerged, geologists are trying, based on records in Quaternary sediments, to identify the process of change.

The specific geological and pedological diversity, geographical position, geomorphology and climate diversity of Croatia enables the parallel high-resolution study of the development of abrupt climate changes at locations only 300 km away. This research will improve our understanding of the spatial extent and differences in appearing of palaeoclimatic events in the Pannonian and Dinaric areas. It will also serve as a benchmark for coupled Mediterranean-Pannonian climate models simulating the response of the climate system to abrupt climate events and provide insight in aeolian-fluvioglacial-lacustrine teleconnections in southeastern Europe and compare it with abrupt climate changes in the European Sand Belt, as well as correlation it with climate archives from the Adriatic Sea.

The project is aimed at both economic/societal needs and scientific/technological advance and will ensure a proper interpretation and comparison of dynamics of abrupt climate changes as crucial information needed for prediction of magnitude and timing of events that are expected as a consequence of modern climate change in Croatia (Branković et al., 2013; Turner et al., 2020). The project will identify and map critical ecological conditions during Quaternary where major geomorphological, hydrogeological and soil changes had occurred, and current ecotones can be expected in the future. The outcomes of this project will allow to develop models to predict the dynamics of those transformations related to trends of climate changes in different climatic regions. The models could be used by land-use planners and stakeholders to check whether the present land-use will be sustainable any longer, under changing conditions and, if not, to suggest possible management of land-use changes, especially concerning geohazards like landslides, slumps, debris flows, floods and drifting dunes.

project leader: Galović Lidija, PhD

Šorša Ajka, PhD, Croatian Geological Survey, Zagreb, Croatia

Martinčević Jasmina, PhD, Croatian Geological Survey, Zagreb, Croatia

Dr Poch Rosa Maria, University of Lleida, Spain

Beerten Koen, PhD, Belgian Center for Nuclear Research, Belgium

Dr Husnjak Stjepan, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Stojić Petar, PhD, Geological Survey of Serbia, Serbia

Gajić Rodoljub, PhD, Geological Survey of Serbia, Serbia

Pandurov Mihajlo, dipl.ing.geol., Geological Survey of Serbia, Serbia

PhD student, Croatian Geological Survey, Zagreb, Croatia

Project duration: 01.04.2021.-31.03.2025.

 

Project Category: Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ)

Financing amount: 901 785.98 KN

Status: Active

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