Monday, March 5, 2012


cc: Phil Jones <>
date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 14:42:08 +1000 (EST)
from: Convention Network <>
subject: Re: Abstract for JMP17
to: Phil Jones <>

Dear Dr Jones

Thank you for submitting your abstract for the 1997 Joint Assemblies of IAMAS-IAPSO.

Title: Proxy Climatic Evidence for Differences Between the Two Hemispheres for Temperature Change during the Last 2000 years
Session Name: Palaeoclimate in the southern hemisphere
Session Code: JMP17
Abstract Number: JMP17g
Paper Status: Under Review
Convenor: Phil Jones, University of East Anglia, UK

A copy of your abstract have been forwarded to the Convenor, Phil Jones, University of East Anglia, UK. You will be notified in March 1997 of your abstract acceptance/non acceptance. Please note your abstract number is to be used as a reference for all further communication.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

NOTE TO Phil Jones, University of East Anglia, UK: If you receive any abstracts direct please ensure they are forwarded to Convention Network.

Lucy Krelle

At 04:15 PM 11/21/96 +0000, you wrote:
> I've hopefully attached an abstract for JMP17.
> I'm sending two others as well one for JMP17 and one for CVM20
> Cheers
> Phil Jones
>Dr Phil Jones
>Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
>School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
>Norwich Email
>NR4 7TJ
> Proxy climatic evidence for differences between the two hemispheres
for temperature change during the last 2000 years

Philip D. Jones

Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich,
NR4 7TJ, U.K.


Conventional understanding of the course of climate change during the last 2000 years has developed in the North Atlantic/European sector of the Northern Hemisphere. The results of paleoclimatic research in other regions is often highly coloured by their attempts to find accepted features of this period such as the Little Ice Age or Medieval Warm Epoch. The purpose of the talk is to encourage researchers to view their data objectively and not to see how well/poorly it conforms to perceived wisdom.

Paleoclimatic research in the Southern Hemisphere is important not only because it fills a gap in our global knowledge, but also because of the uniqueness of some of the records and the minimal impact of mankind on the environment. If analogies with the instrumental period hold on the longer timescale, Southern Hemisphere syntheses of data may provide a truer record of the past 2000 years than currently available. The corollary to the above, if the syntheses are different, is that the North Atlantic sector may be the least indicative region of global conditions and hence the last region on which periods and theories should be based.

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