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Journal of Paleolimnology Special Issue

This Special Issue is a contribution to the International Polar Year. It is a compilation of new paleolimnological records of late Holocene climate and environmental change from the Arctic. Quantifying past climate from records stored in lakes is among the greatest challenges in paleolimnology. The Journal of Paleoliminology was chosen as the outlet for these studies because the reviewers and readers are keenly aware of the complexities involved in interpreting changes in the physical and biological features of lake sediment in terms of past climate.

All of the proxy datasets included in this Special Issue are available through the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology.

Special Issue:

Late Holocene climate and environmental change from Arctic Lakes

Darrell Kaufman, Guest EditorUpper Greyling Lake, Chugach Range, Alaska

volume 41, no. 1, 2009

Table of contents grouped by proxy type

Varves and other sedimentary features

A 2000 year varve-based climate record from the central Brooks Range, Alaska
- Bird, Abbott, Kutchkol, Finney

Five thousand years of sediment transfer in a High-Arctic watershed recorded in annually laminated sediments from Lower Murray Lake, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada
- Cook, Bradley, Stoner, Francus

Summer temperatures during the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age derived from varved proglacial lake sediments in southern Alaska
- Loso

Climate of the past millennium inferred from varved proglacial lake sediments, northeast Baffin Island, Arctic Canada
- Thomas, Briner

Sedimentary pellets as an ice cover proxy in a High Arctic ice-covered lake
- Tomkins, Lamoureux, Antoniades, Vincent


Climate of the Little Ice Age and the past 2000 years in northeast Iceland inferred from chironomids and other lake sediment proxies
- Axford, Geirsdóttir, Miller, Langdon

Paleolimnological evidence of the response of the central Canadian treeline zone to impacts of radiative forcing and Hemispheric patterns of temperature change over the past 2000 years
- MacDonald, Porinchu, Rolland, Kremenetski, Kaufman

A 2000 year midge-based paleotemperature reconstruction from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago
- Porinchu, MacDonald, Rolland


Quantitative summer-temperature reconstructions and estimates of compositional turnover for the last 2000 years based on pollen data from northeastern Fennoscandia
- Bjune, Birks, Seppä

Pollen-based reconstructions of late Holocene climate from the central and western Canadian Arctic
- Peros, Gajewski

Diatoms, biogenic-silica and organic-matter content

A 2000 year record of climatic change at Ongoke Lake, southwest Alaska
- Chipman, Clarke, Hu

A 2000 year record of climate variations reconstructed from Haukadalsvatn, west Iceland
- Geirsdóttir, Miller, Thordarson, Ólafsdóttir

Holocene climate and glacier variability at Hallet and Greyling Lakes, Chugach Range, south-central Alaska
- McKay, Kaufman


Late Holocene storm-trajectory changes inferred from the oxygen isotope composition of lake diatoms, south Alaska
- Schiff, Kaufman, Wolfe, Dodd, Sharp