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Climate and environmental change in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

The Climate and environmental change in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean project documents paleoceanographic, climatic, and environmental changes in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and adjacent land areas. The information is used to determine cycles of natural climate variability and environmental change primarily over the last 10,000 years.

Information on natural climatic variability is needed to establish possible causes of climate variation on human timescales and help discriminate between natural variability and any human-related changes. Better understanding of the frequency and magnitude of natural climate variability during the Holocene will lead to better forecasts of future change and its societal impact.

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Map of research areas: orange - Hypoxia; pink dots - Climate History; yellow inverted triangle - Calibration Study.
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