Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research

Lochnagar

The Natural History of a Mountain Lake

Editors: Rose, Neil L. (Ed.)

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About this book

Previous volumes in this ‘Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research’ (DPER) series have focussed on providing in-depth descriptions of palaeoenvironmental techniques or have described the applications of these approaches on various regional bases. The former of these now provide an invaluable series of standard text books for scientists and students, while the latter show how the application of palaeo-techniques can be used across broad geographical scales. In this current volume, we have attempted something a little different. Not only are a variety of palaeo-techniques applied to a single, small lake, but we have tried to show how these methods, and the data derived from them, can be integrated synergistically with contemporary monitoring and predictive modelling. The acidification and metals research provide two good examples of this. Along with other upland lakes across the UK, the early research work at Lochnagar was based on assessing the competing hypotheses for the causes of surface water acidification. As a result, palaeolimnological techniques were used to assess the timing and extent of pH changes over hundreds of years. The subsequent establishment of the UK Acid Waters Monitoring Network (UK AWMN) then allowed a range of biological and chemical parameters to be assessed routinely in order to determine the rate at which the lakes and streams, including Lochnagar, were recovering following emissions reductions.

About the authors

Neil Rose’s first degree was in Chemistry with Geochemistry at University of Leicester (1981 – 1984). He then joined the British Antarctic Survey and spent 30 months in the Antarctic working on limnology of sub-Antarctic lakes and discovering the joys of lake sediment. Upon return to the UK, he joined the Palaeoecology Research Unit (later becoming the Environmental Change Research Centre - ECRC) at University College London as a Research Assistant. His PhD was awarded in July 1991 entitled "Fly-ash particles in lake sediments: Extraction, characterisation and distribution". Since then he has remained with the ECRC being appointed Principal Research Fellow in October 2001. His main research focus is in the use of lake sediments to determine spatial and temporal distributions of pollutants in remote lakes and this has led him to work in Svalbard, Greenland, Uganda, China, Alaska and many European mountain areas. Further research areas include the source apportionment of fly-ash particles and the use of SCP temporal profiles to provide lake sediment chronologies for the industrial period. His research at Lochnagar began in 1988 and shows no sign of stopping any time soon.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Lochnagar brings together a wealth of information about a remote lake … . this volume brings together the best authorities in the field of (paleo-) limnology and related sciences—46 persons all in all—who have condensed the knowledge about Lochnager into 500 pages. … they have also added background information to each of the 19 chapters, which will make this book readable to non-specialists and students. … To help readers from other disciplines, the book contains an excellent glossary … ." (Roland Psenner, Journal of Paleolimnology, Vol. 40, 2008)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Flora and Vegetation of Lochnagar – Past, Present, and Future

    H. John B. Birks

    Pages 121-151

  • The Sediments Of Lochnagar: Distribution, Accumulation and Composition

    Neil L. Rose

    Pages 155-175

  • Trace Metals in the Catchment, Loch and Sediments of Lochnagar: Measurements and Modelling

    Edward Tipping, Handong Yang, Alan J. Lawlor, Neil L. Rose, Laura Shotbolt

    Pages 345-373

  • Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Sediments of Lochnagar

    Derek C. G. Muir, Neil L. Rose

    Pages 375-402

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lochnagar
Book Subtitle
The Natural History of a Mountain Lake
Editors
  • Neil L. Rose
Series Title
Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3986-7
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3986-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3900-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8849-7
Series ISSN
1571-5299
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 503
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