Focus Climate Initiative - CPATEMP: past temperatures and continental variations

  • 29.10.2014

Under the Climate Initiative, the BNP Paribas Foundation’s support programme for climate change research, a further five scientific projects run by laboratories of international stature were selected this year for Foundation support. Now, until 7 November you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite project from among these five. The project team that garners the most votes will receive an additional grant of €50,000 for the purpose of promoting and highlighting their research work among the general public. Each week, find out more about one project of the Climate Initiative.

The CPATEMP project: Continental PAstTEMPeratures since the last glacial cycle and recently developed organic biomarkers

A close study of past climate evolution could shed new light on the workings of the climate. However it is not easy to identify the traces of these past changes and our knowledge in this area is still very incomplete.

The aim of the CPATEMP project is to expand scientific knowledge of these phenomena by further investigating a set of recently-discovered biomarkers known as Glycerol Dialkyl Glycerol Tetraethers (GDGTs), which are found in the sediments of large lakes.

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If the CPATEMP team obtain the most votes, what are they planning to do with the extra financial grant?

Sharing knowledge and scientific progress

On completion of the project, the team is planning to bring together researchers from all over the world to share the latest progress on climatic geochemical biomarkers. Assembling students and researchers at this high-media-visibility science event will help both to raise awareness of the risks of climate change and to foster collaboration between research teams from developed and developing countries.

Main laboratories involved: the European Centre for Research and Education in Environmental Geosciences (CEREGE), located at Aix-Marseille University, with the support of the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS); IRD, the French Institute for Development Research; and the (higher education and research establishment) Collège de France.