(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Fragility of Western Mediterranean landscapes during Holocene Rapid Climate Changes

published at : Long-term degradation of fragile landscape systems

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

FLECHTER W.J. (1 2) ; ZIELHOFER C. (3) ;
(1) Inst. of Geosciences, Goethe-Univ., Frankfurt am Main, ALLEMAGNE
(2) Geography, School of Environment and Development, Univ., Manchester, ROYAUME-UNI
(3) Institute of Geography, Univ., Leipzig, ALLEMAGNE


The AA. explore the evidence for Holocene Rapid Climate Changes (RCCs) in Western Mediterranean records, examining similarities and differences in the timing and nature of impacts on different components of the natural environment (vegetation, fluvial and coastal sedimentation, fire activity, soil formation). Marine, lacustrine, and fluvial archives of the Western Mediterranean (Iberian Peninsula and Northwest Africa) provide evidence for both pervasive millennial-scale climatic variability and abrupt (decadal- to centennial-scale) transitions. They focus in particular on 3 RCCs characterised by high-latitude cooling, glacier advances and North-Atlantic ice-rafting events : the mid-Holocene RCC interval 6-5 cal ka BP, the late-Holocene RCC interval 3.5–2.5 cal ka BP, and the historical RCC interval known as the Little Ice Age (LIA, 1300-1950 AD). Finally, the AA. consider the long-term sensitivity of the region to rapid climate change, the role of threshold changes, and the extent to which this region represents a "fragile" landscape


Thematical fascicle

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 103 [pp. 16-29]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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