The remote mountain loch of Lochnagar is one of the most studied freshwater bodies in Europe. It is an area of outstanding, although harsh, natural beauty, a favourite destination for hill-walkers and a rare UK habitat for many alpine species. Lochnagar: The Natural History of a Mountain Lake brings together knowledge gained over two decades of multi-disciplinary scientific study, with the results of lake sediment research covering millennia, to show how the loch has developed both naturally and as a result of human impact. Particular emphasis is placed on how this fragile ecosystem, and others like it, may be affected by future climate change.
Part I: The environmental landscape
Part II: The contemporary physical and biological status of Lochnagar
Part III: Anthropogenic impacts from atmospheric pollutant deposition
Part IV: Future impacts
Neil Rose's first degree was in Chemistry with Geochemistry at University of Leicester (1981–1984). He then joined the British Antarctic Survey and spent 30 months in the Antarctic working on limnology of sub-Antarctic lakes and discovering the joys of lake sediment. Upon return to the UK, he joined the Palaeoecology Research Unit (later becoming the Environmental Change Research Centre - ECRC) at University College London as a Research Assistant. His PhD was awarded in July 1991 entitled "Fly-ash particles in lake sediments: Extraction, characterisation and distribution". Since then he has remained with the ECRC being appointed Principal Research Fellow in October 2001. His main research focus is in the use of lake sediments to determine spatial and temporal distributions of pollutants in remote lakes and this has led him to work in Svalbard, Greenland, Uganda, China, Alaska and many European mountain areas. Further research areas include the source apportionment of fly-ash particles and the use of SCP temporal profiles to provide lake sediment chronologies for the industrial period. His research at Lochnagar began in 1988 and shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
"Lochnagar brings together a wealth of information about a remote lake [...] . this volume brings together the best authorities in the field of (paleo-) limnology and related sciences – 46 persons all in all – who have condensed the knowledge about Lochnager into 500 pages. [...] they have also added background information to each of the 19 chapters, which will make this book readable to non-specialists and students. [...] To help readers from other disciplines, the book contains an excellent glossary [...] ."
- Roland Psenner, Journal of Paleolimnology, Vol. 40, 2008