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Thomas Lowell

Thomas Lowell
Lowell's Research
Department of Geology
Glacial Geology

Professor Lowell’s research goal is to understand the pattern of past climate changes and their causes. Of particular interest are the so–called Abrupt Climate Changes that are yet unexplained but indicate that the climate system has very sensitive tipping points. His contribution is to test various hypotheses that attempt to explain these by mapping the spatial and temporal distribution of climate changes recorded in the response of glacial systems. Toward this end he conducts field work (listed south to north) in: Cordillera Darwin, Chile; South Patagonia Icefield, and Lake District of Chile; Nevado Sajama, Bolivia; Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru; Ohio; Michigan; Minnesota; South Dakota; North Dakota; Montana; Alberta; Ontario; Quebec; Alaska; and Scoresby Sund, Greenland. In all cases he reconstructs the glacial history using various techniques, including: geomorphic mapping; stratigraphic analysis, radiocarbon dating, and lake coring.

QARG Publications
Yu, Shi–Yong, Colman, S.M., Lowell, T.V., Milne, G.A., Fisher, T.G., Breckenridge, A., Boyd, M., and Teller, J.T. 2010. Freshwater outburst from Lake Superior as a trigger for the cold event 9300 years ago. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328, 1262-6.

Lowell, T.V., Fisher, T.G., Hajdas, I., Glover, K., Loope, H., and Henry, T., R, 2009, Radiocarbon deglaciation chronology of the Thunder Bay, Ontario Area and implications for ice sheet retreat patterns. Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 1597-1607.

Kelly, M.A. and Lowell, T.V., 2009, Fluctuations of local glaciers in Greenland during late Pleistocene and Holocene time, Quaternary Science Reviews 28, 2088-2106.