CADY - Central Asian Climate Dynamics

Global climate change is one of the key concerns of the 21st century, with serious implications for economies, societies and the environment. Central Asia, though rich in mineral resources, suffers from water scarcity. Since all the Central Asian countries rely heavily on irrigated agriculture, future climate change will strongly impact water availability, energy security, and sustainable development in the region. This issue needs to be urgently addressed, because any changes in the factors governing regional hydrology, or the magnitude of their impact (e.g. severity of droughts and floods) would be critical for infrastructural planning and securing food supplies in a global warming scenario.

The project CADY (Central Asian Climate Dynamics) aims to reconstruct the Holocene climate variability and regional hydrology in the Asia along two W-E transects sandwiching the Tibetan Plateau and one N-S transect cutting across the Plateau. While the largest focus of investigations in CADY will be in Central Asia, the data from ongoing additional projects, funded by the BMBF and the DFG will provide an overview of the Asian climate variability (seasonality, extreme climate events, tele-connections) during the Holocene.

The CADY participants encompass a wide range of expertise ranging from biology, geochemistry, geology, dendroclimatology, and climate modeling enabling a coordinated interdisciplinary approach to multiple proxies and archives. We will focus on selected time slices (e.g. early Holocene warm period, the Medieval Warm Period, the Little ice age etc). Palaeoclimate simulations of different duration and on selected time slices will be carried out using the generated data. The combination of proxy data and model simulations will lead to an improved understanding of the physical mechanisms controlling the monsoon dynamics.


Involved institutes and working groups

TU Braunschweig, Institut für Umweltgeologie

FU Berlin, Institut für Meteorologie

Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, Section 5.2: ‚Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution

Senckenberg Forschungsstation für Quartärpaläontologie Weimar

Max Planck Institut für Biogeochemie Jena

Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Institut für Geographie, Lehrstuhl für Physische Geographie



Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, Section 5.2 "Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution"