Identification of hazards in paleoenvironmental archives with high temporal resolution in the context of societal change

    In this PhD project, I focus on the identification of hazards in paleoenvironmental archives using a multi proxy investigation, which includes palynology, geochemistry and tephrochronology analyses. Sediments of the Kleiner Tornow Lake (Brandenburg, Eastern Germany) are studied in high resolution for known events of volcanic eruptions, represented by tephra particles in the sediments. It is expected that the outcomes of this project will enable us to evaluate the effects of hazards on the human-environment relationship during the Late Antique Migration Period and the Bronze Age. We intend to reconstruct vegetation and climate with a special focus on the occurrence of anthropogenic pollen indicators (API) and micro-charcoal data throughout this period of time. The impacts of hazards elements, which might be both positive and negative, can be highlighted in the form of abandonment and reforestation, transformation and adaptation in the economy, as well as in human migration.

Project by Khadijeh Alinezhad
and Walter Dörfler


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