Christian Zeeden: European Quaternary climate inferred from loess-palaeosol sequences: knowns, unknowns and future perspectives


Date(s) - 29/06/2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


by Christian Zeeden,
Leibnitz-Institut für Angewandte Geophysik, Hannover

This presentation summarizes European Quaternary climate trends and –dynamics from various geoarchives with a special focus on loess-palaeosol sequences. It summarizes existing knowledge and points towards possible future research directions.

Marine and lacustrine environments can be used as excellent high-resolution geoarchives to reconstruct past hydrology and paleoenvironmental changes, such as vegetation cover and living spaces of animals. Loess-palaeosol sequences can give information on soil formation phases, and their intensity gives insights into soil moisture and (un)favourable climate conditions. Especially relevant is the possibility to derive past wind directions from loess through several approaches. Besides the investigation of landforms, the anisotropy of the magnetic susceptibility and other micro-fabric analyses can give information on past dust dynamics and wind directions.


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