Improving paleotemperature reconstruction: Swiss lakes as a model system

For years, scientists have been trying to determine the climate of the past in order to make better predictions about future climate conditions. Now, there has been a breakthrough in the methodology of climate reconstruction based on microbial molecular fossils. Researchers under the direction of the University of Basel analyzed sediment samples collected from more than 30 Swiss lakes. Their findings can be applied to lakes worldwide, as the scientists report in PNAS. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)