There is a special issue coming out in Climate of the Past on Holocene climate changes in the central Mediterranean (here). I’ve been involved with a number of the researchers for some time (and have commented on the serendipity of this relationship on this blog) and am pleased to have worked on several of the papers, although only one has made its way through the full review process (Joannin et al., 2013).
The papers resolve a longstanding conflict among records from the central Mediterranean, place regional Holocene climate changes into the context of global climatological systems and anthropogenic effects, explore several new multi and single proxy records from lake and marine sediments, and, ultimately, establish a synthesis. But you’ve got to wait for that a little bit longer.
In other news, hey, there’s a new paleoclimatic proxy to use! The Journal of Biogeography has an interesting early view article by Nevalainen et al. (here) about the use of Cladocrea as a climate proxy in Finland. They fit GLMs to species response curves along climatic gradients and find good fit for a number of taxa. I’m actually surprised, Hann, in the famous Methods in Quaternary Ecology, suggests that they’re not a particularly reliable climatic indicator (here) due to their strong relationships to the local aquatic environment (arguing that that local environment buffers climate change), but I’m willing to be swayed.
Once the special issue is released I’ll write more about climate in the central Mediterranean, and I’ve got good feedback on a paper we submitted recently, so I’ll be more productive on downwithtime soon. Keep reading!