Holocene palaeoclimatic records over Europe and the North Atlantic

K. C. Emeis, Alastair George Dawson

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This Special Issue of The Holocene contains 16 research papers based on a symposium at the 11th International Meeting of the European Union of Geosciences held in Strasbourg in April 2001. The aim of the symposium was a state-of-the-art assessment of empirical studies of postglacial marine and terrestrial climatic archives and their integration with numerical climate models. This editorial places the individual papers in the broader context of natural climate variability and anthropogenic impacts on the global climate system, regional differences in climate between maritime and continental areas, and the need for an improved theoretical basis for understanding the underlying causes of environmental change. The focus of the Special Issue is the dynamic and relatively well-understood climate of the North Atlantic and the European realm, where, in relation to the steepest offshore temperature gradient on Earth, observational data are abundant and many recent advances have been made in climate reconstruction from proxy archives. The editorial also contains a summary and overview of the papers included in the four main sections of the Special Issue, which emphasize: (1) numerical modelling experiments (2) models of glacier buildup and equilibrium-line altitudes (3) marine and terrestrial proxy records of climatic change: and (4) multiproxy palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of a Portuguese lagoonal system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
JournalThe Holocene
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003


  • climatic change
  • climatic variability
  • climate models
  • numerical modelling
  • proxy evidence
  • marine records
  • terrestrial records
  • North Atlantic
  • Europe
  • Holocene
  • molecular stratigraphy
  • climate
  • oscillation
  • sea
  • precipitation
  • temperatures
  • Greenland
  • cores


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