The Descent into the Icehouse

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Geographical Sciences


see lead RO (Southampton)


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Description Compilation and generation of new data confirms that tropical sea surface temperatures did decreased during the Eocene during a time of global cooling. Although SSTs changed by only a small amount, this indicates that a tropical thermostat (in the strictest sense) did not exist. Also modelling work that indicates that this decrease was due to CO2, rather than changing tectonics.
Exploitation Route Developing collaborations with renewable energy sector: Our results highlight the important role of atmospheric carbon dioxide as a climate driver, emphasising the need to move to a carbon neutral economy.
Sectors Environment

Description NERC Large Grant
Amount £2,318,987 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/P01903X/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 08/2022
Description Bristol ChemLABS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk sparked questions and discussion afterwards.

Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013