(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Fluvial response to climatic and anthropogenic forcing in the Moselle drainage basin (NE France) during historical periods : evidence from OSL dating

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

CORDIER S. (1 2) ; LAUER T. (2 3) ; HARMAND D. (4) ; FRECHEN M. (2) ; BRKOJEWITCH G. (5) ;
(1) Dept de Géographie et UMR 8591 CNRS - Univ. Paris 1 - Univ. Paris Est Créteil, Créteil, FRANCE
(2) Leibniz Inst. for Applied Geophysics, Section Geochronology and Isotope Hydrology, Hannover, ALLEMAGNE
(3) Inst. für Geographie, Univ., Leipzig, ALLEMAGNE
(4) Lab. de Géographie Physique, Univ. Nancy 2, Nancy, FRANCE
(5) Pôle Archéologie Préventive, Metz, FRANCE


The AA. studied 3 main sections in the Moselle valley (northeastern France) by a multi-proxy approach combining morphology, sedimentology, archaeological evidence, historical archives, and dating. The geochronological framework was based on Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and validated by independent age control. The first results show that, in contrast with many other fluvial systems, the Moselle and its tributaries did not experience major changes during historical periods. Climatic changes such as the Little Ice Age had a minor influence on floodplain aggradation (e.g. in grain size or sedimentation rates) in the Moselle valley and were only able to affect the fluvial style. This provides evidence that the reworking of sediments is the main fluvial process at short timescales in the valley floors of the Moselle catchment. In contrast, anthropogenic forcing seems important not only during recent centuries but also since Roman times.


Article of periodic

published at : Earth surface processes and landforms / ISSN 0197-9337 / CODEN ESPLDB

Editor : Wiley, Chichester - ROYAUME-UNI (1981)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 37, no11 [pp. 1167-1175]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 5 fig., 3 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17355

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