Cretaceous Climate-Ocean Dynamics: Future Directions for IODP

July 14-17, 2002 – Florissant, Colorado
Convener: Brian Huber, Karen Bice, Mark Leckie, Robert Duncan, Timothy Bralower


In recent years, a surge in the amount and quality of paleoclimatic data has renewed interest in Cretaceous climate and ocean dynamics. New data have provided a more precise picture of paleotemperatures and climate variations, and research on Cretaceous climate has entered an exciting, multidisciplinary phase in which geological, geochemical, geophysical and paleontological data can be integrated between marine and terrestrial realms and into modeling studies, with the goal of better constraining the controls on climate change during intervals of overall warmth. This workshop on Cretaceous Climate and Ocean Dynamics held in Florissant, Colorado, brought together a multinational group of scientists with diverse research interests and expertise. The conference objective was to summarize the current state-of-the-art in our understanding of Cretaceous paleoclimate and to discuss future priorities. Ocean drilling has been crucial in our advances to date and is critical for the future of research in this field.

Workshop Report (pdf)

Organizing Committee
Karen Bice, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Timothy Bralower, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Robert Duncan, Oregon State University
Brian Huber, Smithsonian Institution
R. Mark Leckie, University of Massachusetts