The climate of the Holocene and its landscape and biotic impacts

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The Holocene Epoch has abundant paleoclimatic archives at relatively high temporal and spatial resolution, which have helped to reveal the patterns of natural climate variation during the present interglacial period and the impacts of that variation on landscapes and biota. This article presents a personal review of some interesting insights that have emerged from analysis of Holocene paleoclimatic records from continental archives at orbital to multidecadal scales. These include how the increased density of sites in Asia, South America and Africa have revealed unforeseen spatial patternsof variation in the dynamics of the monsoon systems at orbital scales and a better characterisation of the magnitude of multidecadal and centennial variation in various parts of the globe. Among interglacial periods, the Holocene is unique as the period in which more complex human civilisations and agriculture developed, and many recent studies have evolved our understanding of the nature of the human impact relative to natural dynamics prior to large-scale population expansion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number20602
JournalTellus, Series B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Holocene
  • Interglacial
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleohydrology
  • Paleolimnology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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