Global climate change presents us with major challenges. Climate models predict a warming not existent for the last 35 million years, if CO2 emissions are not significantly reduced.
In our LOEWE-project VeWA (Vergangene Warmzeiten als natürliche Analoge unserer ‚hoch CO2‘ Klimazukunft – Past warm periods as natural analogues of our ‘high CO2’ climate future), we discover the Earth’s deep past with a team of geoscientists, biologists and climate modelers from the Goethe University Frankfurt and from Senckenberg, Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research. With the obtained data on climate and environment of warm periods far back in time, we do not only get a better picture of the world back then, but we can also test and further develop today’s climate models – and thus make better predictions for the future.
Hence, revealing the climate of the past opens a window into the climate future of our planet!