The remote mountain loch of Lochnagar is one of the most studied freshwater bodies in Europe. It is an area of outstanding, although harsh, natural beauty, a favourite destination for hill-walkers, and a rare UK habitat for many alpine species.
This book brings together knowledge gained over two decades of multi-disciplinary scientific study, with the results of lake sediment research covering millennia, to show how the loch has developed both naturally and as a result of human impact. Because of the focus on a single site, at which a great deal of scientific study has been conducted, it allows an in-depth treatment of subjects that is not possible in texts dealing with these subjects more generally. Particular emphasis is placed on how this fragile ecosystem, and others like it, may be affected by future climate change.
1. An introduction to Lochnagar, Neil L. Rose 2. Physical characteristics of Lochnagar, Michael Hughes Part I: The environmental landscape of Lochnagar 3. Geology of Lochnagar and surrounding region, Sally Goodman 4. The shaping of Lochnagar: Pre-glacial, glacial and post-glacial processes, Adrian M. Hall 5. Lochnagar water-temperatures, climate and weather, Roy Thompson, Helen Kettle, Donald T. Monteith and Neil L. Rose 6. The development, distribution and properties of soils in the Lochnagar catchment and their and influence on soil water chemistry, Rachel C. Helliwell, Allan Lilly and John S. Bell 7. Flora and vegetation of Lochnagar – past, present and future, H. John. B. Birks Part II: The contemporary physical and biological status of Lochnagar 8. The sediments of Lochnagar: Distribution, accumulation and composition, Neil L. Rose 9. Hydrology and hydrochemistry of Lochnagar, Alan Jenkins, Nick Reynard, Michael Hutchins, Muriel Bonjean and Martin Lees 10. The aquatic flora of Lochnagar, Roger J. Flower, Donald T. Monteith, Jonathon Tyler, Ewan Shilland and Sergi Pla 11. Pattern and process in the Lochnagar food web, Guy Woodward and Katrin Layer 12. Brown trout in Lochnagar: Population and contamination by metals and organic micropollutants, Bjørn Olav Rosseland, Sigurd Rognerud, Peter Collen, Joan O. Grimalt, Ingrid Vives, Jean-Charles Massabuau, Reinhard Lackner, Rudolf Hofer, Gunnar Raddum, Arne Fjellheim, Ron Harriman and Benjamin Piña Part III: Anthropogenic impacts from atmospheric pollutant deposition 13. National, international andglobal sources of contamination at Lochnagar, Neil L. Rose, Sarah E. Metcalfe, Anna C. Benedictow, Martin Todd and Jim Nicholson 14. Acidification of Lochnagar and prospects for recovery, Donald T. Monteith, Chris D. Evans and Catherine Dalton 15. Trace metals in the catchment, loch and sediments of Lochnagar: Measurements and modelling, Edward Tipping, Handong Yang, Alan J. Lawlor, Neil L. Rose and Laura Shotbolt 16. Persistent organic pollutants in the sediments of Lochnagar, Derek C.G. Muir and Neil L. Rose 17. Temporal and spatial patterns of spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs) in sediments, soils and deposition at Lochnagar, Neil L. Rose and Handong Yang Part IV: Future impacts 18. Future climate predictions for Lochnagar, Helen Kettle and Roy Thompson 19. Past and future environmental change at Lochnagar and the impacts of a changing climate, Neil L. Rose and Richard W. Battarbee Glossary, acronyms and abbreviations Index