Himalaya: Modern and Past Climates

Himpac is a project of:

uni potsdam Universität Potsdam
logo gfz Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam
Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum
fu logo FU Berlin
logo juelich Forschungszentrum
pik Potsdamer Institut für
senckenberg Senckenberg Gesellschaft
f. Naturforschung
ETH ETH Zurich
logo hamburg Universität Hamburg



HIMPAC an interdisciplinary, multiproxy and multiarchive approach to unravel the characteristics of modern- and palaeo-monsoons during the Holocene on societally relevant time scales (seasonal to decadal), with special emphasis on extreme hydro-meteorological events (floods and droughts). At the core of this investigation are climatically sensitive regions of the Himalaya, eastern, and central India with the aim to quantify and characterise palaeoclimate variability within the framework of large-scale climate processes [e.g. El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), tropical mid-latitude interactions]. In addition, the duration and the impacts of abrupt climate change will be analysed.