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Holocene Climate Change and Environment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323900850

Holocene Climate Change and Environment

1st Edition

Editors: Navnith Kumaran Padmalal Damodara
Paperback ISBN: 9780323900850
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2021
Page Count: 500
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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

1. Holocene climate change in India and its implications: An overview
2. Vegetation response to climate change and Indian Summer Monsoon variability during the Holocene from Central India: a pollen-based review
3. Quaternary tectonics and Holocene Climate archives of Kachchh Basin, Western India
4. Late Holocene vegetation, climate dynamics and human-environment interaction along Konkan coast, SW India
5. Response of vegetation to the Holocene climatic changes and anthropogenic impact across Brahmaputra valley of Assam, Northeast India: a review
6. Holocene climate of southern Western Ghats, SW India
7. Potential utility of Himalayan tree rings δ18O to reveal spatial patterns of past draught variability – Its assessment and implications
8. Disentangling the Holocene variability in Tectonics, Sea Level and Monsoon Intensity of Southern Peninsular Indian Rivers
9. Holocene Geoarchaeology and Palaeoclimate of some lakes and arid fluvial channels of Thar desert, Western India: A Geomorphological and Palynological approach
10. Palynology-Palaeoclimate of the Higher Himalayas and anthropogenic impact on tree line vegetation
11. A comprehensive assessment of coherences in Holocene climatic shifts across the Indian subcontinent
12. Holocene climate, vegetation and culture of northeast India: A pollen-based review

13. Monsoon variability in Indian sub-continent- A review based on proxy data and model simulations
14. Indian Summer Monsoon variability at different time scales and review of spectral methods for unevenly spaced palaeoclimate data
15. Developing Diatom Indicator Species for the reconstruction of Monsoon Environment in Southern Asia
16. Rainfall reconstruction using the Isotopic Proxies: An assessment of the amount effect in respect of the Indian subcontinent
17. Bond cycles and monsoon variability during Holocene-Evidence from marine and continental archives

18. Holocene fluvial history of some Indian Peninsula Rivers: An overview
19. Ecosystem responses to Holocene environmental changes: An appraisal of Mangroves and Myristica swamps along west coast of India
20. Holocene Evolution of Kerala wetlands, SW India
21. Application of tree rings in understanding long-term variability in river discharge of high Himalayas, India
22. Holocene Climate and Sea Level changes on Ecology, Vegetation and Landforms in South Kerala Sedimentary Basin, SW India
23. Species fluctuation and habitual adaptation of Ostracoda from the mangrove ecosystem - Environmental implications: A review
24. Benthic Foraminifera from mangroves: Implications on paleoclimate
25. A comparative analogue on sediment dynamics in the Leh valley (Ladakh) and Chandra valley (Lahaul) Himalaya: Implications to Late Pleistocene and Holocene climate change sedimentation response
26. Holocene records of the Ladakh sector, Trans-Himalaya
27. Holocene paleoenvironmental changes inferred using multiple proxy records from Vellayani Lake, Kerala, southwest India
28. Holocene sea level oscillations and coastal landform changes of Kerala coast, SW India - A Remote sensing and GIS based study
29. Geoarchaeological studies in the Jurreru valley, Kurnool Proterozoic Basin, south India
30. Trace metal geochemistry of selected sediment cores from the West coast of India
31. Magnetic mineralogy in Indian lakes and coastal sediments for Holocene climate cultural variations
32. Luminescence chronology of Holocene coastal landforms of India : A review
33. Advances in Holocene Studies - A Global Perspective


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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

Padmalal Damodara

Dr. Padmalal Damodaran 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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