Quaternary Environmental Change in the Tropics by Sarah E. Metcalfe, David J. Nash

By Sarah E. Metcalfe, David J. Nash

The worldwide weather alterations that resulted in the growth and contraction of excessive range ice sheets in the course of the Quaternary interval have been linked to both dramatic alterations in tropical environments. those incorporated shifts in plants zones, adjustments within the hydrology and ecology of lakes and rivers, and fluctuations within the dimension of mountain glaciers and sandy deserts. until eventually lately it used to be suggestion that such adjustments have been prompted by means of fluctuations within the distribution of polar ice disguise. Now there's expanding attractiveness that the tropics themselves have acted as drivers of world weather swap over more than a few timescales.

the purpose of Quaternary Environmental switch within the Tropics is to supply a synthesis of the alterations that happened in tropical terrestrial and marine structures in the course of the Pleistocene and Holocene, complementing data-derived reconstructions with output from state of the art weather types. it truly is distinctive at final-year undergraduate scholars and learn experts, yet will supply an advent to tropical Quaternary study for quite a few different readers.Content:
Chapter 1 creation (pages 1–33): Sarah E. Metcalfe and David J. Nash
Chapter 2 modern weather and stream of the Tropics (pages 34–43): Stefan Hastenrath
Chapter three Tropical Oceans (pages 45–78): Jan?Berend W. Stuut, Matthias Prange, Ute Merkel and Silke Steph
Chapter four Africa (pages 79–150): David J. Nash and Michael E. Meadows
Chapter five India, Arabia and adjoining areas (pages 151–206): Ashok ok. Singhvi, Nilesh Bhatt, Ken W. Glennie and Pradeep Srivastava
Chapter 6 China and Southeast Asia (pages 207–235): Dan Penny
Chapter 7 Australia and the Southwest Pacific (pages 236–262): Peter Kershaw and Sander van der Kaars
Chapter eight Latin the USA and the Caribbean (pages 263–311): Mark B. Bush and Sarah E. Metcalfe
Chapter nine Modelling of Tropical Environments through the Quaternary (pages 313–359): Zhengyu Liu and Pascale Braconnot
Chapter 10 historic Environmental switch within the Tropics (pages 360–391): Georgina H. Endfield and Robert B. Marks
Chapter eleven prior Environmental adjustments, destiny Environmental demanding situations (pages 392–411): David J. Nash and Sarah E. Metcalfe

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The records of greenhouse gas concentrations in ice cores have played a large part in our developing understanding of the association between atmos- 21 pheric composition and climate. Particularly in the case of CH4, it is clear that the tropics are a major methane source. , 1997) have been interpreted in terms of changes in source strengths in tropical and boreal wetlands. 5 kyr BP. Drier conditions in the tropics between about 7 and 5 kyr BP were apparently reflected in lower overall CH4 concentrations.

2005) suggest that changes in the tropical hydrological cycle during stadials/interstadials (D–O warm interstadials and cold stadials) could drive temperature changes in northern wetlands and hence changes in CH4 emissions. Changes in monsoon strength would also drive changes in N2O emissions from the oceans (via denitrification) and from terrestrial wetlands. δ15N values in marine sediments can serve as a proxy for denitrification and loss of N2 and N2O to the atmosphere. They see impacts of changes in these greenhouse gas emissions as a tropical mechanism for amplifying and perpetuating millennial scale climatic changes initiated in the North Atlantic (D–O cycles).

They suggested that eruptions larger than that of Mt Pinatubo could increase the likelihood of an El Niño occurring (but not its intensity) whilst recognising that El Niños can be forecast using oceanic/atmospheric data alone. They proposed that the 1258 eruption may have caused a moderate/strong El Niño in the midst of a period dominated by La Niña-like conditions (the Mediaeval Climatic Anomaly). It is worth noting, however, that Robock (2000) does not support a causal link between eruptions and ENSO.

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