Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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The Charles Schuchert Award

9 October 2013

Bridget Wade Award

Prof Bridget Wade is this years recipient of The Charles Schuchert Award in the science of paleontology.

This award is presented to a person under 40 whose work early in his or her career reflects excellence and promise in the science of paleontology and thus reflects the objectives and standards of the Paleontological Society.

Prof Wade studies changes in patterns of evolution and extinction, ancient marine temperatures, global ice volume and sea level fluctuations for the last 40 million years using microfossils and their chemistry. Her research has been international in scope, involving field expeditions in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico, as well as participation on ocean research expeditions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The current focus of her work is the Oligocene epoch (~34-23 million years ago) when the Earth's warm period ended and the Antarctic ice sheet was established. She is helping build an accurate picture of how the climate and biota responded and is addressing the role of Antarctica in large-scale climate variability.

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