Climate Changes during the Holocene and their Impact on Hydrological Systems

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 5, 2004 - Science
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It is now widely accepted that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are causing higher global atmospheric temperatures. However, there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the likely effects of such a temperature rise on climate, and even more about the impacts of climate change and variability on the world's hydrological regimes and socio-economic systems. Studying the effects of climate variability in the past can give clues as to possible future effects. This volume provides a comprehensive review of the effects of climate variability on hydrological and human systems in the Holocene (the last 10,000 years), in various parts of the world. The book concentrates on the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea, western and central Europe, China, Japan, West and South Africa and the southwestern USA. This book will be of value to researchers and professionals in hydrology, climatology, geology and historical geography.
 

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Contents

1 Climate changes in the Levant during the Late Quaternary Period
1
2 Climate changes during the Holocene Epoch in Europe
31
3 Climate changes during the Holocene in east Asia China Korea and Japan
61
4 Climate changes during the Holocene in Africa
81
5 Climate Changes over western USA and Mexico during the Holocene
97
6 General conclusions
105
References
109
Index
123
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Arie S. Issar is Professor Emeritus at the J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

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