Special Issue "Annually Laminated Lake Sediments"

A special issue of Quaternary (ISSN 2571-550X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Bernd Zolitschka

Associate Editor
University of Bremen, Institute of Geography, GEOPOLAR, Celsiusstrasse 2, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
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Interests: limnogeology; varves; high-resolution paleoclimatology; human influence on ecosystems and landscape; dating techniques and age-depth modelling
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Tylmann

University of Gdańsk, Institute of Geography
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Interests: lake sediments; varves; limnological conditions and sedimentation processes; paleoenvironmental reconstructions; dating methods in paleolimnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The overall goal of this Special Issue of Quaternary is to explore and evaluate the potential of annually-laminated lake sediments (varves) from diverse lacustrine settings. They provide high-resolution sedimentary records with precise incremental time control in calendar years and offer time-series of biological, isotopic, geochemical and sedimentological parameters. Their analysis provides (1) climate reconstructions linked to hydroclimatic conditions and temperature, (2) information on natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and floods, and (3) increase our understanding of anthropogenic impacts, such as soil erosion, pollution and eutrophication. Varves document frequencies and rates of change for environmentally relevant processes and enhance our understanding of sedimentary processes when applied together with sediment trapping and instrumental monitoring.

This Special Issue of Quaternary aims to present the diversity within the field and the state-of-the-art research on lake varves at all timescales and environments. It seeks to display a wide range of regional studies and methodological approaches, such as field and laboratory experiments, monitoring, image analysis and numerical modelling. We welcome manuscripts related to climate reconstruction, human impact and environmental monitoring, as well as improvements in geochronology and analytical techniques.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Zolitschka
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Tylmann
Guest Editors


Manuscript Submission Information

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  • varves
  • high-resolution paleoclimatology
  • reconstructions of environmental change
  • human impact
  • hydroclimatic conditions
  • incremental dating
  • monitoring and process studies
  • multiproxy analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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