Black carbon in sediments as an indicator for human-environment interactions in the last 190,000 years

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Arne Kappenberg is a PhD student at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation – Division Soil Science – at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn since July 2013.

Arne Kappenberg

Arne Kappenberg

He studied Environmental Sciences and Marine Environmental Sciences with the major geochemistry at the Universities of Lüneburg and Oldenburg. In his master thesis he analysed sediment samples from Potter Cove, King George Island, Antarctic Peninsula for anthropogenic impact (faecal sterols, oil spill and heavy metals).

Arne is now working in Project D6. The project aims at utilising the contents and properties of BC as an indicator of past burning conditions. Furthermore, the analysis of BC may indicate when and under which climatic, vegetation and land use conditions burning events took place most frequently and to which degree the intensity of BC deposition relates to the trajectory of “our way to Europe”. In phase II of the CRC a focus is set on early settlement activity in the Rhine catchment area (Mesolithic and Neolithic). Methodological aim is the identification of fuel sources of fire by the analyses of benzene polycarboxylic acids (BPCA), lignin-derived phenols and methylated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (mPAH). Ratios of these compounds may serve as a tracer for distinguishing BC from local burning from BC inputs from long-distance transport.

Event Information:

Date, Time: 16/06/2014, 16:00 h – 16:30 h

Location: Room S12, Seminargebäude (Building 106), Universitätsstraße 37 , Cologne

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