Project: “Reconstructing monsoon variability in Vietnam using high-resolution stalagmite records”

My research is focusing on paleoclimate reconstructions during the Holocene mainly based on carbonates as climate archives. Inorganic carbonate proxies are well-established instruments for paleoclimate and environmental reconstructions and I am using stable isotope records from calcareous cave deposits (speleothems) to track monsoon variability in Southeast Asia. My project is aiming to develop a well-dated, high-resolution record of monsoonal changes during the Holocene in order to understand the main driving factors and teleconnections with other parts of the climate system. Understanding the dominant mechanisms and patterns of rainfall variability in Vietnam is of high importance for such a densely populated area, both socially and economically.

Dr Vasile Ersek