Project

Climatic and Antropogenic Impacts on African Ecosystems

Duration
01 January 2007 → 31 July 2011
Funding
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Atmospheric sciences
    • Physical geography and environmental geoscience
    • Evolutionary biology
    • Atmospheric sciences, challenges and pollution
Keywords
Africa ecosystem ecology paleo climatology
 
Project description

This project uses multiple paleoenvironmental proxies in lake-sediment cores from UGenada and Kenya to reconstruct both past climatic variability and the history of vegetation and water-quality changes during recent millennia. Its main objectives are to separate the influences of natural climate variability and human impact on East African terrestrial ecosystems, and to determine the relative magnitude of pre-20th century anthropogenic land clearance compared to recent landscape alteration.