Essay by Luke Andrews.
The conversion of environmental signatures into a record of past regional climate requires the analysis of a variety of proxies of past precipitation, temperature, and wind, coupled with an understanding of the underlying drivers and behavioral patterns of regional climates; changes in these parameters are indicative of factors of climate forcing, which in turn infers changes occurring in the dynamic climate systems of the time. (Thomas and Burrough, 2012). Amalgamating evidence from proxy data for the robust reconstruction of these palaeoenvironmental systems is an important goal for paleoecologists; the data is useful for the development of other disciplines relating to paleoclimates, such as the influences climate had upon early human migration from Africa (e.g. Maslin and Christensen, 2007).
Global patterns of climate change from over 10² to 10⁶ years have been derived from the analysis of proxy records sourced from marine and ice cores (Emiliani, 1955…
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