Climate, Environment, and Society in the Pacific during the Last Millennium


  • Patrick Nunn, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

The nature of global change in the Pacific Basin is poorly known compared to other parts of the world. Climate, Environment, and Society in the Pacific during the Last Millennium describes the climate changes that occurred in the Pacific during the last millennium and discusses how these changes controlled the broad evolution of human societies, typically filtered by the effects of changing sea level and storminess on food availability and interaction. Covering the entire period since AD 750 in the Pacific, this book describes the influences of climate change on environments and societies during the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, focusing on the 100-year transition between these – a period of rapid change known as the AD 1300 Event.
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Researchers and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in geography, geology, earth science, environmental science (environmental change), history, archeology, and anthropology, sociology


Book information

  • Published: September 2007
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-52816-2

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.Climate, environment and society: global and regional perspectivesChapter 2.Arrival and spread of humans in the Pacific BasinChapter 3.Influences of climate and sea-level changes on humansChapter 4.The Medieval Warm Period (AD 750-1250) in the Pacific BasinChapter 5.The AD 1300 Event (AD 1250-1350) in the Pacific BasinChapter 6.The Little Ice Age (AD 1350-1800) in the Pacific BasinChapter 7.The AD 1300 Event: an explanatory model for societal response to climate change during the last millennium in the Pacific Basin Chapter 8.Recent warming and sea-level rise (since AD 1800) in the Pacific BasinChapter 9.Teleconnections and global climate trendsChapter 10.Causes of last-millennium climate changeReferences