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Climate and the Irish Landscape Lecture via ZOOM – Wednesday July 15th 2020 10:30 AM

July 15, 2020 @ 10:30 - 23:30

Dear Members.

The Executive Committee of the Trinity Retirement Association are organising a lecture entitled ‘Climate and the Irish Landscape’ via ZOOM, July 15, 2020 10:30 AM for members. The lecture will be given by Pete Coxon TCD and will take about one hour. There is no charge for this event.

Climate and the Irish Landscape

Pete Coxon TCD

The last 2.6 million years (‘The Ice-Age’) has left a fascinating and profound mark on the Irish landscape. The talk will concentrate on the dramatic evidence for climate change both during and (geologically) immediately before the ‘ice age’ and will take examples from around Ireland. The Irish landscape 5 million years ago was one of diverse and exotic flora in a warm temperate landscape -changing markedly 2.6 million years ago.

The talk will cover how, only 20,000 years ago, ice sheets over one and a half kilometres thick ploughed through and moulded the Irish landscape and how since then smaller glaciers have left their traces in the Irish uplands (as recently as 11,500 years ago) –as well as explaining why our climate has varied so much over time –and will do once again…


Pete Coxon took his PhD between 1976 and 1979 in the Subdepartment of Quaternary Research under the supervision of Prof. R.G. West FRS and has been at TCD ever since. Pete has over 40 years experience as a Quaternary geologist with expertise in palynology, biostratigraphy, sedimentology, and geomorphology.

His primary research interests involve critical aspects of the Quaternary Period including both the use of palynological techniques and geomorphology to analyse landscape change and to solve stratigraphical problems in Quaternary and Tertiary deposits. Pete recently edited and contributed to a volume in Springer’s ‘Advances’ series: Coxon, P., McCarron,S. and Mitchell, F. (eds) 2017. Advances in Irish Quaternary Studies. Atlantis Press. Paris. 316pp. DOI 10.2991/978-94-6239-219-9 (http://www.springer.com/la/book/9789462392182 )

He was awarded Fellowship of TCD (1992) and has been a Member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2002. Pete has served as President of the Irish Quaternary Association twice, has been Secretary, Vice President and President of the Quaternary Research Association (UK: https://www.qra.org.uk ) and was the Secretary-General of the International Union for Quaternary Research (a member of ICSU; INQUA : https://www.inqua.org ) for two 4 year terms (2004-2011). He was the Chair of the INQUA Congress held in Dublin last year that attracted 2300 scientists to the CCD.

If you wish to join us for the lecture please register a place using our online ticket system below. The closing date for booking is 13th July.

(You will need to download Zoom if you haven’t already done so)

Prior to the lecture a link to join the lecture on Zoom will be sent by email to all who have booked .

We look forward to seeing you

All the best

The Executive Committee


July 15, 2020
10:30 - 23:30
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