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Environmental change in the humid tropics and monsoonal regions

Bush, Mark B. and Gosling, William D. (2012). Environmental change in the humid tropics and monsoonal regions. In: Matthews, John A.; Bartlein, Patrick J.; Briffa, Keith R.; Dawson, Alastair G.; de Vernal, Anne; Denham, Tim; Fritz, Sherilyn C. and Oldfield, Frank eds. The SAGE Handbook of Environmental Change: Volume 2. Human Impacts and Responses, Volume 2. London: SAGE, pp. 113–140.


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Research over the past few decades has illuminated the dynamic nature of tropical palaeoclimates and the important role that the tropics played in global climate patters. Increasingly, the realization has grown that climate changes at high latitudes cannot simply be extrapolated into tropical regions. Rather, the tropics have sometimes led the changes or have responded to them differently when compared with their high latitude counterparts. Similarly, the tropics, spanning 46° of latitude in two hemispheres on three continents, do not respond uniformly to a given forcing. In this chapter we review evidence from the last glacial maximum (defined in the high latitude northern hemisphere) to modern, and consider features of environmental change ranging from climatic variability to extinction of megafauna.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2012 Mark B. Bush, 2012 William D. Gosling
ISBN: 0-85702-360-8, 978-0-85702-360-5
Keywords: environmental change; tropics; humid; monsoon; last deglaciation; tropical glaciers; sea level; lowlands; continental interior; Holocene; millennial scale change; neotropics; palaeotropics; tropical Australia; submillennial scale oscillations; Indian monsoon; Asian monsoon; Intertropical Convergence Zone; ITCZ; Solar cycles; human impacts; fire; megafaunal extinctions; agricultural impacts
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 33440
Depositing User: William Gosling
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2012 08:39
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2016 14:05
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