LECTURE: Late Quaternary Palaeoclimate and Environmental Change in the eastern Mediterranean: the Early Holocene Precipitation Paradox

19 April 2018 19:00 to 21:00 | Ankara

Turco-British Association, Bestekar Sk. No:32, Kavaklıdere, 06700

A BIAA Lecture by Dr. Warren Eastwood (The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental SciencesThe University of Birmingham)

Summary of Event: The last 20 years or so has seen huge advances made on increasing our knowledge and understanding of past climate change since the last ice age and the impacts that this may have had on natural environments and human societies. For example, a climate record stretching back 14,000 years before present from Nar Lake in the Cappadocian Volcanic Province of central Anatolia (Turkey) shows that the climatic transition into the current Holocene warm period occurred in less than 200 years, with over half of this warming occurring in just 9 years! Thus natural environments and early human societies had to adapt and cope with significant and abrupt climate changes. In this talk I shall outline some of these major climate changes and discuss explanations why early Holocene forests in the eastern Mediterranean region appeared to be out of step with prevailing climate change.

Warren Eastwood is a biogeographer and palaeoecologist who researches past environmental and landscape change in the eastern Mediterranean region over the past 25,000 years or so, focusing mainly on the elucidation of natural versus human-induced vegetation change via the analysis of pollen, spores, non-siliceous fungal and algal microfossils (palynology) and charcoal recovered from peat and lake sites in the eastern Mediterranean.  He also investigates east Mediterranean climate change through the analysis of stable isotopes (18O/16O, 13C/12C) on authigenic carbonates recovered from lake sediments.  His research interests extend also to the impacts of major volcanic eruptions in effecting environmental and landscape change (tephrology) together with the dating of volcanic ash layers preserved in sediment cores (tephrochronology). Current projects include Past Climate Change and Human Impact in Cappadocia over the last 15,000 years, Modern Pollen-Vegetation Modelling in SW Turkey and Living with the Big River: Environment-Human Interactions along the Büyük Menderes (Big Meander) River, SW Turkey.

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