At the final meeting of the INTIMATE COST Action in Zaragoza, Spain, June 16-18 2014, Dr. Christine Lane was elected new chair of the INTIMATE project for the period 2014-2017. Following a call for volunteers, a steering group was established, advising on the future direction of the INTIMATE project. The practical management of the project is taken care of by the coordinator group, formed from the steering group with representation of different archives, aiming for age, geographical and gender diversity. You are welcome to contact the chair if you wish to join the steering group. Please describe your background and how you wish to contribute to the project. To join the INTIMATE network and receive news and announcements, join the INTIMATE e-mail list. Inquiries about the web page can be sent to


Christine Lane

Keywords: Chronology, stratigraphy, tephra, cryptotephra, tephrochronology, tephrostratigraphy, palaeoclimate, Europe, Africa, abrupt climate change, terrestrial records, lakes, geoarchaeology.     


Keywords: Lake sediments, climate proxies, micro-facies analyses, high resolution, abrupt climate change, leads and lags in regional climate change, Lateglacial, Younger Dryas, Early Holocene, dating, varve chronology, extreme events,
Keywords: speleothems, lacustrine sediments, XRF Core Scanner, oxygen and carbon stable isotopes, cave monitoring, U-Th dating, abrupt climate change, Iberian peninsula, Mediterranean, last deglaciation
Keywords: Climate evolution and developments during the Quaternary; Geology of karst areas, lake sediments and cave records as archives of climatic and human history; tephras as chronological and correlative tools.

Keywords: Data-model integration, paleoclimate and proxy modeling, water isotopes, carbon isotopes, Milankovitch theory, abrupt climate change, pattern evaluation in models using proxy data

Keywords: organic geochemistry, molecular paleohydrology, isotope geochemistry, rapid climate change, quantification of past hydrological changes, regional patterns of climate change, leads and lags


Keywords: Ice cores, Ice-core dating and synchronization, GICC05 time scale, bipolar seesaw, LGM climate dynamics



Keywords: Paleoclimate, Geochronology, Synchronization, Last glacial, Stratigraphy, Proxies, Dust, Volcanism, Impurities.

Keywords: stable isotopes, ice caves, speleothemes, Holocenes, Late Glacial, Central and Eastern Europe

Keywords: Quaternary Global Changes, Paleohydrology, Isotope geochemistry, lacustrine sediments, geochemistry, Glacial cycles, terrestrial environments, Iberian Peninsula, Mediterranean

Dr Christof Pearce
Department of Geosciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
Keywords: Paleoceanography, Paleoclimate, Diatoms, Sea ice biomarkers, Arctic Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Chronologies, Last Glacial Period, Holocene.


Keywords: Quaternary chronology, Radiocarbon dating, Statistical methods, Databases, Radiocarbon calibration, Age-depth modelling, Bayesian modelling, Tephra, Rapid climate change, Archaeology, Physics    

Keywords: Palaeophysiology of plants, glacial - interglacial CO2 dynamics, growing season dynamics, vegetation dynamics

Keywords: Paleoclimatology, stratigraphy, stable isotopes, geochemistry, speleothems, lakes, tephrostratigraphy, tephrochronology, mediterranean basin, Quaternary geology

Keywords: Luminescence Research, Luminescence Dating, Optically Stimulated Luminescence, Geochronology, Loess, Mineral Dust, Lakes, Rates of Geomorphic Change, Climate and Environmental Change

Dr Kathryn Fitzsimmons
Max Planck Research Group for Terrestrial Palaeoclimates, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany
Keywords: Luminescence dating, aeolian geomorphology, deserts, loess, human-environment interactions, Australia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, geoarcheology, desert dunes

Keywords: Climate system dynamics, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimate, marine geology, micropalaeontology, multi-proxy studies, marine sediment cores, polar to tropical regions, ocean current variability, atmospheric circulation, sea ice variability, palaeoproductivity, multidecadal to millenial scale variability.

Keywords: Palaeolimnology,chironomids; pollen; non-pollen palynomorphs; quantification; lake depth; temperature;MIS-3; Late-Glacial; Holocene; NW Europe

Dr. Francesco Muschitiello

Keywords: Palaeoclimate, palaeoceanography, North Atlantic Ocean, Quaternary chronology, isotope geochemistry, rapid climate change, lake sediment cores, marine sediment cores, atmospheric-ocean circulation.

Prof. Paula J. Reimer

Keywords: Radiocarbon calibration, marine radiocarbon reservoir corrections, regional marine calibration, carbon cycle changes .

petter abbott

Keywords: Tephrochronology of ice and marine cores; major and trace element geochemical characterisation of tephra; rapid climate change.


Keywords: Climate and past climate change, age modelling, tephrochronology, abrupt climate change, human interaction with climate change.

Keywords: Tephrochronology, rapid climate changes, ice cores, marine cores, chronologies, last glacial period.    

Dr. Wim Hoek

Keywords: Large-scale and abrupt climate changes in particular during the last glacial-interglacial transition, its impact on geomorphology, vegetation, and humans and their interrelationships, requiring precise dating and correlation techniques.

Dr Karolina Leszczyńska                                                                                        currently no affiliation, former: Visiting Researcher in the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK                                                                                          Keywords: Qauternary geology, sedimentology, micromorphology, Quaternary chronology incl. tepchrochronology, multiproxy reconstructions of environmental changes.