Processes and PalaeoEnvironmental Changes in the Arctic:
rom Past to Present 

PalaeoArc is an international network research programme. The scientific goal of this six-year programme is to understand and explain the climatically-induced environmental changes in the Arctic that have taken place throughout the Quaternary and continue in the present-day. There are four major themes to the programme: 1) the dynamics of Arctic ice sheets, ice shelves and glaciers; 2) the dynamics of high latitude oceans and sea ice; 3) the dynamics of the terrestrial environment and landscape evolution; and 4), the climatic response to, and interaction between, these different parts of the Arctic system. A further underlying rationale for PalaeoArc is that knowledge of past environmental processes and change in the Arctic are key to understanding the present and future of the Arctic, and vice versa. 

As a research network, PalaeoArc strives to bring together and build bridges between scientists from different countries and career stages, and from different disciplines in Arctic science. This includes marine and terrestrial researchers, working either with field data on numerical modelling approaches.  

PalaeoArc builds on and extends the legacy of previous network programmes that include PAST Gateways (Palaeo-Arctic Spatial and Temporal Gateways), APEX (Arctic Palaeoclimate and its Extremes), QUEEN (Quaternary Environment of the Eurasian North) and PONAM (Polar North Atlantic Margins – Late Cenozoic Evolution). A key focus of the network’s activities is an annual international conference that brings together Arctic scientists from a number of disciplines and typically includes an excursion. The network is led by an international Steering Committee representing nine different countries. 

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4th International PalaeoArc Conference on «Processes and Palaeo-environmental changes in the Arctic: from past to present” will be held in Iceland 2023.

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Previous PalaeoArc meetings 

Third PalaeoArc International Conference, Rovaniemi, Finland 2022

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Second PalaeoArc International Conference (Online), Pisa, Italy 2021

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First PalaeoArc International Conference, Pozńan, Polen 2019 

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Abstracts, Poznan, Polen  2019 

 Download the field trip guide by clicking on the link below 

Field Guide, Polen 2019


Previous meetings 

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Durham, UK 2018

Kristineberg, Sweden 2017

Trondheim, Norway 2016

Potsdam, Germany 2015

Trieste, Italy 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia 2013


Steering Committee
The Steering Committee of PalaoeArc has the following members 

Anne Jennings

INSTAAR, University of Colorado
Anne Jennings is a Research Scientist III and Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. Her research is on Arctic paleoclimate and paleoceanography, ice-sheet/ocean interactions especially on the Greenland margins and in the Canadian Arctic.   





Astrid Lyså (Chair)
Geological Survey of Norway
Astrid Lyså is senior research scientist at the Quaternary geology group, Geological Survey of Norway. She is a glacial geologist working with glacial history and landscape development in the Arctic and glacial processes mainly in the terrestrial environment. Current research includes glacial history and environmental changes in mainland Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.



Caterina Morigi 
University of Pisa
Caterina Morigi is Associate Professor of Stratigraphy and Sedimentology at University of Pisa and Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Stratigraphy Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland. She is a marine geologist interested in climate and ocean changes in Arctic, Antarctic and subarctic environments, with a focus on micropaleontology (foraminifera). Current research deals with sedimentary records from the late Cenozoic to the last thousand years, with special attention to short-time climate variability.


Chris Stokes
Durham University
Chris Stokes is a Professor in the Department of Geography at Durham University. His research is focussed on glaciers, and ranges from the monitoring of small mountain glaciers over the last few decades to large-scale reconstructions of ice sheets over tens of thousands of years.
A common theme of much of his work is the use of remote sensing (e.g. satellite imagery), which allows repeat monitoring of changes in present-day glaciers and provides an efficient means to visualise and investigate the landforms le
ft behind by former ice sheets. 



Ívar Örn Benediktsson
University of Iceland
Ívar Örn Benediktsson is a research scientist and adjunct professor in Quaternary and glacial geology at the University of Iceland with a main focus on the dynamics and geological fingerprints of fast-flowing glaciers, as well as on glacier and ice sheet reconstructions. Current and recent research areas are Iceland, Sweden and Siberia.





Juliane Müller
Alfred Wegner Institute
Juliane Müller is currently leading a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany. She is a marine geoscientist with a strong background in paleoenvironmental reconstructions using biomarker lipids. Her major focusis onseaicereconstructions. 





Laura Bronzo
University of Pisa

 Laura Bronzo is a Phd student at the University of Pisa. Laura’s main interests are micropaleontology and marine microplastics. For her PhD project she collaborates with the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), and the National Institute of Oceanography and Sperimental Geophysics (INOGS), Italy. She is currently studying the marine calcareous nannofossil record of the last twenty thousand years of the Mediterranean and Arctic regions.” 


Matt O’Regan
Stockholm University
Matt O’Regan is a Research Scientist at the Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University, who specializes in the marine geology and paleoceanography of the Arctic Ocean. His research aims at deciphering the Quaternary glacial history of the Arctic Ocean using marine sediment cores and geophysical data; analysing sedimentary records to understand the development and variability of sea ice in the geologic past; and deciphering how key tectonic events associated with the development of the Arctic Ocean are related to palaeoceanographic changes in the basin.


Monica Winsborrow
UiT– The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø
Monica Winsborrow is a researcher at the University of Tromsø, and has a primary research interest is the reconstruction of past ice sheets, working to understand the processes and mechanisms that control their evolution and dynamics, and examining their environmental impacts. She is also the assistant director of the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (CAGE).  




Nicolaj Krog Larsen
Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen
Nicolaj Krog Larsen is a professor of terrestrial Quaternary geology at the Globe Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research is focused on the Arctic ice- and climate history, glacial geomorphology and sedimentology, and Quaternary geology and stratigraphy in Fennoscandia.




Pertti Sarala

University of Oulu
Pertti Sarala is a geologist and geochemist who is currently working as a Professor in Applied Geochemistry in the Oulu Mining School of the University of Oulu. Fields of interest include applied geochemistry, till and weathered bedrock geochemistry and mineral exploration as well as Quaternary and glacial geology, geomorphology and chronology. He is experienced in glacial processes, mineral exploration, development of environmentally friendly, surface geochemical exploration methods together with teaching and supervision of the thesis projects. He has twenty years’ experience of Quaternary geological research, mineral exploration and methodological development in the Geological Survey of Finland.


Witold Szczuciński
Adam MickiewiczUniversityin Poznan
Dr hab. Witold Szczuciński is employed as a professor at the Institute of Geology (AMU Poznań), where he leads the Geohazards Research Unit. His professional specialty covers sedimentology, geochemistry, geohazards, marine geology and polar research. His major scientific interests include quantitative studies of contemporary sedimentation processes, impacts and sedimentary records of extreme events (e.g., tsunami, meteorite impacts, floods, storms), as well as applications of 210Pb and 137Cs radioisotopes and ancient DNA in geological studies. He conducts studies on land and offshore in various regions including polar regions (Svalbard, Greenland, Antarctica), SE Asia (the South China Sea, Andaman Sea, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan) and Europe (the Baltic Sea, Poland).