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Fieldwork in Kyrgyzstan

During the second half of September Stefan Lauterbach participated in a three-week field campaign in the Kyrgyz Tian Shan, which was led by scientists of the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences (Section 5.2 – Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution).

Focus of this field work was to continue previous work at Lake Chatyr Kol (southern Kyrgyzstan) by obtaining several lake sediment gravity cores and studying the lake’s catchment (e.g. moraines, abandoned shorelines, permafrost features) in more detail. In addition, environmental monitoring equipment was installed at Lake Chatyr Kol and Lake Issyk-Kul (eastern Kyrgyzstan) and maintained at Lake Sary Chelek (western Kyrgyzstan).

This work is part of the project Central Asian Holocene Climate (CAHOL), which aims at reconstructing Holocene climatic changes in Central Asia by using terrestrial and marine climate archives, especially focusing on the interaction between the Westerlies and the monsoon system. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supported by the GFZ Global Change Observatory Central Asia (GCO-CA).