Did the Mont-Blanc Glaciers Shrink Before?

Mission Talèfre 2016Global warming is currently responsible for a spectacular drop in glacier surface area in the Mont-Blanc massif. Yet researchers suspect that since the last ice age, there have been periods during which these areas may have been even smaller. They collected rock samples to assess and date these periods of glacier shrinkage.

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Un Portfolio de 3 pages dans le Journal du CNRS N°289 été 2017

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Mission Talère 2016

Le Mont-blanc a t-il toujours connu autant de glaciers?

Suite au réchauffement climatique les glaciers du massif du mont-blanc sont en forte diminution. Mais depuis la fin de dernière grande glaciation, il y a environ 10 000 ans, les glaciers du massif du Mont Blanc ont-t-il été fréquemment moins important qu’aujourd’hui ?

Ecole de Terrain L3 Sciences de la Terre Mai 2016

Ecole de terrain de fin d’année pour les Licences 3eme année en sciences de la Terre de l’Université de Dijon (Jura-Maconnais-Mont-Blanc). Au programme : études géomorphologiques, environnementales, sédimentologiques et tectoniques.

 

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Le beau livre de la terre 

De la formation du système solaire à l’anthropocène, une histoire en 200 étapes

Patrick de Wever (Auteur), Jean-François Buoncristiani (Auteur) – 

DUNOD Beau livre (broché)

Edition 2015

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Résumé : Des premiers temps géologiques à la naissance de l’être humain, cette histoire de la terre illustrée raconte 200 événements qui jalonnent l’évolution étonnante de notre planète.

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Ecole de terrain L3ST – sédimentologie – Nov 2015

Novembre 2015 – Ecole de terrain de sédimentologie pour les Licences 3eme année en sciences de la Terre de Dijon. Au programme sédimentologie de faciès dans différents environnements continentaux : fluviatiles, glaciaire entre la Côte d’Or et le Jura.

Publication : Climate of the Past

Premiers résultats des modélisations climatiques sur la glaciation Ordovicienne. En collaboration avec le CEA et l’IPGP

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Abstract. The Ordovician is a particular Period during Earth History highlighted by abundant evidence for continental-size polar ice-sheets. Modelling studies published so far require a sharp CO2 drawdown to initiate this glaciation. They mostly used non-dynamic slab mixed-layer ocean models. Here, we use a general circulation model with coupled components for ocean, atmosphere and sea ice to examine the response of Ordovician climate to changes in CO2 and paleogeography. We conduct experiments for a wide range of CO2 (from 16 to 2 times the preindustrial atmospheric CO2 level (PAL)) and for two continental configurations (at 470 Ma and at 450 Ma) mimicking the Middle and the Late Ordovician conditions. We find that the temperature–CO2 relationship is highly non-linear when ocean dynamics is taken into account. Two climatic modes are simulated as radiative forcing decreases. For high CO2 concentrations (≥ 12 PAL at 470 Ma and ≥ 8 PAL at 450 Ma), a relative hot climate with no sea ice characterises the warm mode. When CO2 is decreased to 8 PAL and 6 PAL at 470 and 450 Ma, a tipping-point is crossed and climate abruptly enters a runaway icehouse leading to a cold mode marked by the extension of the sea ice cover down to the mid-latitudes. At 450 Ma, the transition from the warm to the cold mode is reached for a decrease in atmospheric CO2from 8 to 6 PAL and induces a ~ 9 °C global cooling. We show that the tipping-point is due to the existence of a quasi-oceanic Northern Hemisphere, which in turn induces a minimum in oceanic heat transport located around 40° N. The peculiar shape of the oceanic heat transport in the Northern Hemisphere explains the potential existence of the warm and of the cold climatic modes. This major climatic instability potentially brings a new explanation to the sudden Late Ordovician Hirnantian glacial pulse that does not require any large CO2drawdown.

Pohl, A., Donnadieu, Y., Le Hir, G., Buoncristiani, J.-F., and Vennin, E. 2014. Effect of the Ordovician paleogeography on the (in)stability of the climate, Clim. Past Discuss., 10, 2767-2804, doi:10.5194/cpd-10-2767-2014