Ilkka Matero Wins PGR Publication PrizeMar 28, 2018
DTP student Ilkka Matero has won one of the School of Earth and Environment's annual postgraduate researcher publications prizes for his paper on The 8.2 ka cooling event caused by Laurentide ice saddle collapse. The paper was published in Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters and a copy can be found here.
In the paper Ilkka performed climate simulations to reproduce the 8.2 ka cooling event with a new forcing, the collapsing of the Laurentide ice saddle. The simulations show that the event was caused by a century long acceleration of ice sheet melt in North America, and that the outburst of proglacial lakes, previously thought to cause the event, played only a minor role in the cooling event.