Holocene Climate Change and Environment

Holocene Climate Change and Environment

1st Edition - September 21, 2021

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  • Editors: Navnith Kumaran, Damodaran Padmalal
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323900850
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323900867

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Holocene Climate Change and Environment presents detailed, diverse case studies from a range of environmental and geological regions on the Indian subcontinent which occupies the central part of the monsoon domain. This book examines Holocene events at different time intervals based on a new, high-resolution, multi-proxy records (pollen, spores, NPP, diatoms, grain size characteristics, total organic carbon, carbon/nitrogen ratio, stable isotopes) and other physical tools from all regions of India. It also covers new facilities in chronological study and luminescence dating, which have added a new dimension toward understanding the Holocene glacial retreats evolution of coastal landforms, landscape dynamics and human evolution. Each chapter is presented with a unified structure for ease of access and application, including an introduction, geographic details, field work and sampling techniques, methods, results and discussion. This detailed examination of such an important region provides key insights in climate modeling and global prediction systems.

Key Features

  • Provides data and research from environmentally and geologically diverse regions across the Indian subcontinent
  • Presents an integrated and interdisciplinary approach, including considerations of human impacts
  • Features detailed case studies that include methods and data, allowing for applications related to research and global modeling


Researchers in Climate Science and related Earth Science fields including Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards. Geoscientists, atmospheric scientists, and geographers

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    CHAPTER 1 The prelude to the Holocene: tropical Asia during the Pleistocene Robert J. Morley and Harsanti P. Morley

    CHAPTER 2 Contemporary dynamics and Holocene extent of glaciers in the Himalayas Milap Chand Sharma, Ishita Manna and Elora Chakraborty

    CHAPTER 3 Holocene climatic record of Ladakh, Trans-Himalaya Binita Phartiyal, Debarati Nag and Priyanka Joshi

    CHAPTER 4 Late Holocene advancements of denudational and depositional fronts in the Higher Himalaya: A case study from Chandra valley, Himachal Pradesh, India S.J. Sangode, D.C. Meshram, A.M. Kandekara, Amol Abhale, S.S. Gudadhe and Suman Rawat

    CHAPTER 5 Holocene regional-scale behavior of the rivers of Indian Peninsula Vishwas S. Kale

    CHAPTER 6 Holocene vegetation and climate change from central India: An updated and a detailed pollen-based review Md. Firoze Quamar

    CHAPTER 7 Holocene climate and sea-level changes and their impact on ecology, vegetation and landforms in South Kerala Sedimentary Basin, India D. Padmalal, Ruta B. Limaye and K.P.N. Kumaran

    CHAPTER 8 Reading source, Holocene climate change and monsoon signatures in surface and core sediments from western Bay of Bengal Ganapati N. Nayak, Purnima Bejugam and Janhavi Kangane

    CHAPTER 9 Holocene environmental magnetic records of Indian monsoon fluctuations N. Basavaiah, J. Seetharamaiah, Erwin Appel, Navin Juyal, Sushma Prasad, K. Nageswara Rao, A.S. Khadkikar, N. Nowaczyk and A. Brauer

    CHAPTER 10 Application of tree rings in understanding long-term variability in river discharge of high Himalayas, India Vikram Singh, Krishna G. Misra, Akhilesh K. Yadava and Ram R. Yadav

    CHAPTER 11 Potential utility of Himalayan tree-ring δ18O to reveal spatial patterns of past drought variability—Its assessments and implications Santosh K. Shah, Nivedita Mehrotra, Narayan P. Gaire, Lamginsang Thomte, Bimal Sharma, Uttam Pandey and Om Katel

    CHAPTER 12 Bond events and monsoon variability during Holocene—Evidence from marine and continental archives Upasana S. Banerji and D. Padmalal

    CHAPTER 13 Indian Summer Monsoon variability on different timescales and deciphering its oscillations from irregularly spaced paleoclimate data using different spectral techniques Phanindra Reddy A and Naveen Gandhi

    CHAPTER 14 Monsoon variability in the Indian subcontinent—A review based on proxy and observational datasets Ankit Yadav, Bulbul Mehta, Ambili Anoop and Praveen K. Mishra

    CHAPTER 15 Holocene hydroclimatic shifts across the Indian subcontinent: A review based on interarchival coherences Pavani Misra, Aqib J. Ansari, Ambili Anoop and Praveen K. Mishra

    CHAPTER 16 Application of precipitation isotopes in pursuit of paleomonsoon reconstruction: An Indian perspective Supriyo Chakraborty, Amey Datye, Charuta Murkute, Subrota Halder,Anant Parekh, Nitesh Sinha and P.M. Mohan

    CHAPTER 17 Mangrove Ostracoda species fluctuations, habitual adaptation, and its environmental implications—A review S.M. Hussain, Mohammed Noohu Nazeer, K. Radhakrishnan,A. Rajkumar and V. Sivapriya

    CHAPTER 18 Late Quaternary landscape evolution of Peninsular India: A review based on fluvial archives M.R. Resmi, Hema Achyuthan, Gaurav Chauhan and Hritika Deopa

    CHAPTER 19 The imprints of Holocene climate and environmental changes in the South Mahanadi Delta and the Chilika lagoon, Odisha, India—An overview Siba Prasad Mishra and Kumar Chandra Sethi

    CHAPTER 20 Holocene changes in fluvial geomorphology, depositional environments, and evolution of coastal wetlands—A multiproxy study from Southwest India K. Maya, D. Padmalal, M. Vandana, S. Vishnu Mohan, V.R. Vivek, Ruta B. Limaye and K.P.N. Kumaran

    CHAPTER 21 Holocene evolution of coastal wetlands—A case study from Southern Kerala, India S. Vishnu Mohan, M.S. Aneesh, K. Maya, K.P.N. Kumaran and D. Padmalal

    CHAPTER 22 Late Quaternary geoarcheology and palynological studies of some saline lakes of the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India B.C. Deotare, Sheila Mishra and S.N. Rajaguru

    CHAPTER 23 Late Quaternary geoarchaeological and palaeoenvironmental aspects of Kurnool Basin in the Indian Peninsula Ravi Korisettar

    CHAPTER 24 Holocene vegetation, climate, and culture in Northeast India: A pollen data–based review Anjali Trivedi

    CHAPTER 25 Late Holocene vegetation, climate dynamics, and human-environment interaction along Konkan coast, India Ruta B. Limaye, K.P.N. Kumaran and S.N. Rajaguru

Product details

  • No. of pages: 691
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: September 21, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323900850
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323900867

About the Editors

Navnith Kumaran

Dr. Navnith Kumaran is a former Emeritus Scientist of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi and a retired Senior Scientist of Agharkar Research Institute. He also served at the University of Calabar, Nigeria as a senior faculty member in the department of Biological Sciences and Faculty Associate in Geology. He has contributed immensely to palynology, vegetation dynamics, and climate change over the past 40 years. His current focus of work on Late Quaternary using modern analogues has immense potential to reconstruct long and comprehensive palaeoenvironmental and climate records and to provide a stronger basis for developing strategies for sustainable management of key environmental processes and their interaction with human activities. He edited a special volume (325) of Quaternary International dealing with Holocene Palynology and Palaeoclimate.

Affiliations and Expertise

Agharkar Research Institute, India

Damodaran Padmalal

Dr.Padmalal Damodaran Padmalal is a Senior Scientist in the National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India. His research interests are Quaternary geology, Palaeoclimate and Environmental Geology. He has published many research papers in international and national peer reviewed journals and edited volumes. He is the author of several books and co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Geological Society of India on “Western Ghats- Evolution and Environmental Issues” (Volume 92; 2018). He has received the INSA- DFG Exchange of Scientists Fellowship in the year 2004, Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award (2011)instituted by India International Friendship Society (New Delhi) and Certificate of Merit (2014) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.

Affiliations and Expertise

National Cenre for Earth Science Studies, India

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