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Water, Environment and Society in Times of Climatic Change: Contributions from an International Workshop within the Framework of International Hydrological Program (IHP) UNESCO, held at Ben-Gurion University, Sede Boker, Israel from 7-12 July 1996


Series: Water Science and Technology Library Volume: 31

Edited By: Arie S Issar and Neville Brown

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1998 | #89941 | ISBN: 0792352823
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This text addresses climate variability and its human impact during the Holocene. The various contributions were presented during the July 1996 Negev University workshop and provide an interdisciplinary, integrative overview. Some chapters document and discuss climate variability and paleo-hydrology using stable isotopes, radiocarbon, pollen and other proxy data. The mechanisms causing climate variability are also discussed. The response of historical human communities to change in climate (temperature and hydrological) is documented for a number of geographical areas and time periods using historical and archaeological data. The paleo-climate and paleo-hydrology results may help us constrain and improve predictive models. The historical record of societal response to climate variability may provide information on the adaptability of societies to future global and climatic change. This text should be of interest to paleo-hydrologists, paleo-climatologists, palynologists, Quaternary geologists, physical geographers, archaeologists, and other scientists interested in climatic change and history.


1. Application of a Global Volcanicity Time-Series on High-Resolution Paleoclimatic Modeling of the Eastern Mediterranean; R.U. Bryson, R.A. Bryson. 2. Abrupt Climate Change around 2,650 BP in North-Western Europe: Evidence for Climatic Teleconnections and a Tentative Explanation; B. van Geel, H. Renssen. 3. Medieval Climatic Anomaly in the Americas; S. Stine. 4. Approaching the Medieval Optimum, 212 to 1000 AD; N. Brown. 5. Paleohydrology of the Northern Negev: Comparative Evaluation of Two Catchments; A. Frumkin, et al. 6. Climate Change and History during the Holocene in the Eastern Mediterranean Region; A.S. Issar. 7. Population Growth and Decline in the Northern Part of Eretz-Israel during the Historical Period as Related to Climatic Changes; M. Netser. 8. Settlement, Agriculture and Paleoclimate in Uvda Valley, Southern Negev Desert, 6th--3rd Millennia BC; U. Avner. 9. Middle to Late Holocene (6,500 Yr. Period) Paleoclimate in the Eastern Mediterranean Region from Stable Isotopic Composition of Speleothems from Soreq Cave, Israel; M. Bar-Matthews, et al. 10. Early to Mid-Holocene Environmental Changes and Their Impact on Human Communities in Southeastern Anatolia; A. Miller Rosen. 11. Some Considerations on Climatic Changes, Water Resources and Water Needs in the Italian Region South of 43`N; W. Dragoni. 12. Frequency of Extreme Hydroclimatically-Induced Events as a Key to Understanding Environmental Changes in the Holocene; L. Starkel. 13. The Impact of Climate Changes on Groundwater Regimes and Resources in Russia; V.S. Kovalevsky. 14. Pollen Records of Past Climate Changes in West Africa Since the Last Glacial Maximum; A.-M. Lezine. 15. Sahara Environmental Changes during the Quaternary and Their Possible Effect on Carbon Storage; H. Faure, L. Faure Denard. 16. Climatic Change during the Pleistocene/Holocene Transition in Upland Western Maharashtra, Western India; S. Mishra, et al. 17. Aspects of Climate Variability and the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme; M. Bonell.

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