Prestigious grant supports solar system dynamics and ancient climate change study

The Heising-Simons Foundation granted a team of researchers, including Oceanography professor Richard Zeebe, a $4.4 million award in support of their project to compute, study, and calibrate solutions for solar system dynamics beyond 50 million years ago.

Their project, “Leveraging the Geologic Record to Constrain Solar System Evolution,
Earth-Moon Dynamics, Paleoclimate Change, and Geological Time,” integrates science from paleoclimatology, geophysics and astronomy with concurrent collaborations and an educational/early career program to trace the evolution of the Solar System, Earth-Moon dynamics and Earth’s paleoclimate system with state-of-the-art analysis and modeling of geological data.

With this project, the team anticipates to make new discoveries in the areas of secular evolution of planetary fundamental frequencies, Earth’s rotation history and Earth-Moon dynamics, chaotic dynamics and long-term stability of the Solar System, paleoclimate responses to astronomical-geophysical-radiative balance forcing, and extensions to astrochronology.

The team, comprised of scientists from University of Hawai‘i, George Mason University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Santa Barbara, Columbia University and Yale University, received this prestigious award after proposal submission by invitation, as the Heising-Simons Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.