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Drs. Christian Leipe, Takeshi Nakagawa, Katsuya Gotanda, Stefanie Mueller and Pavel Tarasov paper published in Quaternary Science Reviews

April 23, 2015

Congratulations to Drs. Drs. Christian Leipe, Takeshi Nakagawa, Katsuya Gotanda, Stefanie Mueller and Pavel Tarasov who recently had their paper published in Quaternary Science Reviews (Impact Factor 4.571)!

This paper has direct affiliation to BHAP and will be useful to those in the BHAP community who are working in the NW Pacific region.

Title: "Late Quaternary vegetation and climate dynamics at the northern limit of the East Asian summer monsoon and its regional and global-scale controls"

Abstract: A late Quaternary pollen record from northern Sakhalin Island (51.34N, 142.14E, 15 m a.s.l.) spanning the last 43.7 ka was used to reconstruct regional climate dynamics and vegetation distribution by using the modern analogue technique (MAT). The long-term trends of the reconstructed mean annual temperature (TANN) and precipitation (PANN), and total tree cover are generally in line with key palaeoclimate records from the North Atlantic region and the Asian monsoon domain. TANN largely follows the fluctuations in solar summer insolation at 55N. During Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3, TANN and PANN were on average 0.2 C and 700 mm, respectively, thus very similar to late Holocene/modern conditions. Full glacial climate deterioration (TANN = -3.3 C, PANN = 550 mm) was relatively weak as suggested by the MAT-inferred average climate parameters and tree cover densities. However, error ranges of the climate reconstructions during this interval are relatively large and the last glacial environments in northern Sakhalin could be much colder and drier than suggested by the weighted average values. An anti-phase relationship between mean temperature of the coldest (MTCO) and warmest (MTWA) month is documented during the last glacial period, i.e. MIS 2 and 3, suggesting more continental climate due to sea levels that were lower than present. Warmest and wettest climate conditions have prevailed since the end of the last glaciation with an optimum (TANN = 1.5 C, PANN = 800 mm) in the middle Holocene interval (ca 8.7e5.2 cal. ka BP). This lags behind the solar insolation peak during the early Holocene. We propose that this is due to continuous Holocene sea level transgression and regional influence of the Tsushima Warm Current, which reached maximum intensity during the middle Holocene. Several short-term climate oscillations are suggested by our reconstruction results and correspond to Northern Hemisphere Heinrich and DansgaardeOeschger events, the BøllingeAllerød and the Younger Dryas. The most prominent fluctuation is registered during Heinrich 4 event, which is marked by noticeably colder and drier conditions and the spread of herbaceous taxa.
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