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Transitioning Into The ANthropocene (TITAN)

Transitioning Into The ANthropocene (TITAN)

Learning about the climate system from data of the 19th and early 20th century.

11-13 Sep 2017: TITAN Meeting, Edinburgh


This TITAN meeting in Edinburgh reviews progress in the project and discusses the next steps. The first two days (11-12 Sep 2017) are focussed on presentations and discussions, while the third day (13 Sep 2017) will be a social activity.

Venue: Room 302, Crew Building, Edinburgh (directions…) – go up the stairs, turn right, and room 302 is in front of you.

See also travel information below.


The programme is being put together now. We will publish updates here in due course.

TITAN workshop 2017 agenda

Mon, 11 September 2017

09:00 Start

Topic1: Observed climate changes since 1800

09:00 Gabi Hegerl: Workshop introduction – The early 20th century warming
09:30 Stefan Broennimann: The volcanic end of the Little Ice Age
10:00 Tom Delworth: The North Atlantic Oscillation as a driver of multidecadal variability of the Atlantic and Northern Hemisphere climate
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Wolfgang Müller: On the early 20th century warming of the North Atlantic
11:30 Philip Brohan: Improving the weather of the last 200 years
12:00 Ed Hawkins: Rescuing hourly weather data from Ben Nevis (1883-1904)
12:30 Discussion: Open questions/opportunities on observed changes and their physical relationship
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Kevin Cowtan: TBA
14:30 Holly Titchner: TBA (sea ice data and analysis)
15:00 Hugues Goosse: Changes in the Southern Ocean during the last century
15:30 Coffee

Topic 2: Causes of large-scale changes over the 19th and 20th century

16:00 Andrew Schurer: Calculating the transient climate response using a detection and attribution framework
16:30 Carley Iles: The contribution of atmospheric circulation to decadal variability in Northern Hemisphere temperature
17:00 Discussion: What are the open questions and ways forward?

18:00 Close

19:30 Dinner – Howies, 29 Waterloo Place

Tue, 12 September 2017

09:00 Start

Topic 3: Regional variability and precipitation

09:00 Sabine Undorf: Isolating the impact of anthropogenic aerosol emissions from different source regions
09:30 Massimo Bollasina: Contrasting the impact of aerosols and GHG on the global monsoon system
10:00 Simon Tett: Contribution of black carbon to Arctic warming
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Andrew Schurer: Particle filter runs and reproduced variability
11:30 Discussion: Unexplained variability and opportunities

Topic 4: Extreme events (WP3)

12:00 Erich Fischer: Understanding and quantifying changes in precipitation extremes in northern mid-latitudes
12:30 Tim Cowan: The impact of SSTs and land-surface forcing in driving the 1930s Dust Bowl heat waves
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Robert Vautard: Attribution of extreme weather events: dynamics, thermodynamics and other processes
14:30 Luke Harrington: The 1947 Central Europe heatwave: drivers and probabilistic changes through time using the Weather@Home ensemble
15:00 Lukas Brunner: Dependence of present and future European heatwaves and cold spells on the location of atmospheric blocking
15:30 Coffee
16:00 Discussion: Open topics and opportunities in extreme events
16:30 Discussion on overall followup: Forming groups to discuss forthcoming papers and further collaboration

18:00 Close

Wed, 13 September 2017 – Social outing

We plan a day out to a picturesque location outside Edinburgh, with some light walking.

Travel and accommodation

The meeting will be in the Crew Building, King’s Buildings Campus, the University of Edinburgh. To get there, please see the travel information on the University website.


Edinburgh has a huge number of hotels and guesthouses in the centre, but the King’s Buildings Campus is in a quieter residential area to the South. Hotel recommendations within walking distance (600 metres/0.4 miles) are:


For programme planning details, please contact Sabine Undorf (



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