VeWA - Vergangene Warmzeiten als natürliche Analoge unserer ,hoch-CO2' Klimazukunft
VeWA is an interdisciplinary Earth Science project funded by the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts through the LOEWE program and led by scientists from Goethe University Frankfurt, the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center, and the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt with the Institute of Geoscience of the JGU being a cooperation partner for VeWA project B3.
By the end of this century, all but the most optimistic projections suggest that the atmospheric concentration of CO2 will reach a level not seen on Earth for millions of years. The aim of VeWA is to reconstruct the relationship between climate, the biosphere, and Earth surface processes during past warm periods such as the Paleogene and late Cretaceous (~95-35 million years ago). In doing so, the goal is to understand the Earth as a system, and to inform model forecasts of potential future climate states.