Global change revealed by palaeolimnological records from remote lakes: a review

Catalan, Jordi; Pla-Rabés, Sergi; Wolfe, Alexander P.; Smol, John P.; Rühland, Kathleen M.; Anderson, N. John; Kopáček, Jiři; Stuchlík, Evžen; Schmidt, Roland; Koinig, Karin A.; Camarero, Lluís; Flower, Roger J.; Heiri, Oliver; Kamenik, Christian; Korhola, Atte; Leavitt, Peter R.; Psenner, Roland; Renberg, Ingemar (2013). Global change revealed by palaeolimnological records from remote lakes: a review. Journal of Paleolimnology, 49(3), pp. 513-535. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic 10.1007/s10933-013-9681-2

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Over recent decades, palaeolimnological records from remote sites have provided convincing evidence for the onset and development of several facets of global environmental change. Remote lakes, defined here as those occurring in high latitude or high altitude regions, have the advantage of not being overprinted by local anthropogenic processes. As such, many of these sites record broad-scale environmental changes, frequently driven by regime shifts in the Earth system. Here, we review a selection of studies from North America and Europe and discuss their broader implications. The history of investigation has evolved synchronously with the scope and awareness of environmental problems. An initial focus on acid deposition switched to metal and other types of pollutants, then climate change and eventually to atmospheric deposition-fertilising effects. However, none of these topics is independent of the other, and all of them affect ecosystem function and biodiversity in profound ways. Currently, remote lake palaeolimnology is developing unique datasets for each region investigated that benchmark current trends with respect to past, purely natural variability in lake systems. Fostering conceptual and methodological bridges with other environmental disciplines will upturn contribution of remote lake palaeolimnology in solving existing and emerging questions in global change science and planetary stewardship.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Physical Geography > Unit Paleolimnology
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS) > Palaeoecology
08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Plant Sciences (IPS)

UniBE Contributor:

Heiri, Oliver and Kamenik, Christian

Subjects:

500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
900 History > 910 Geography & travel
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany)

ISSN:

0921-2728

Publisher:

Kluwer Academic

Language:

English

Submitter:

Peter Alfred von Ballmoos-Haas

Date Deposited:

07 Feb 2014 12:53

Last Modified:

06 Oct 2015 08:53

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10933-013-9681-2

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Remote lake palaeolimnology Climate change Nitrogen cascade Acidification Long-range atmospheric pollution Arctic lakes Alpine lakes High latitude High altitude

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.38658

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38658

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