Applications of Paleoenvironmental Techniques in Estuarine Studies

  • Kaarina Weckström
  • Krystyna M. Saunders
  • Peter A. Gell
  • C. Gregory Skilbeck

Part of the Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research book series (DPER, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kathryn H. Taffs, Krystyna M. Saunders, Kaarina Weckström, Peter A. Gell, C. Gregory Skilbeck
    Pages 1-6
  3. Estuaries and Their Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Peter Scanes, Angus Ferguson, Jaimie Potts
      Pages 9-44
    3. C. Gregory Skilbeck, Andrew D. Heap, Colin D. Woodroffe
      Pages 45-74
  4. Coring and Dating of Estuarine Sediments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. C. Gregory Skilbeck, Stacey Trevathan-Tackett, Pemika Apichanangkool, Peter I. Macreadie
      Pages 89-120
    3. Jesper Olsen, Philippa Ascough, Bryan C. Lougheed, Peter Rasmussen
      Pages 141-170
  5. Techniques for Palaeoenvironmental Reconstructions in Estuaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Kathryn H. Taffs, Krystyna M. Saunders, Brendan Logan
      Pages 277-294
    3. Marianne Ellegaard, Barrie Dale, Kenneth N. Mertens, Vera Pospelova, Sofia Ribeiro
      Pages 295-312
  6. Case Studies

  7. Kaarina Weckström, Jonathan P. Lewis, Elinor Andrén, Marianne Ellegaard, Peter Rasmussen, David B. Ryves et al.
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 663-700

About this book


The aim of this edited volume is to introduce the scientific community to paleoenvironmental studies of estuaries, to highlight the types of information that can be obtained from such studies, and to promote the use of paleoenvironmental studies in estuarine management. 

Readers will learn about the the application of different paleoecological approaches used in estuaries that develop our understanding of their response to natural and human influences. Particular attention is given to the essential steps required for undertaking a paleoecological study, in particular with regard to site selection, core extraction and chronological techniques, followed by the range of indicators that can be used. A series of case studies are discussed in the book to demonstrate how paleoecological studies can be used to address key questions, and to sustainably manage these important coastal environments in the future. This book will appeal to professional scientists interested in estuarine studies and/or paleoenvironmental research, as well as estuarine managers who are interested in the incorporation of paleoenvironmental research into their management programs.


chemistry and biogeochemistry of estuaries diatoms as indicators geology and sedimentology of estuaries Holocene Environmental Change Paleoceanography paleoecology of estuaries paleoenvironmental reconstruction radiocarbon dating plant macrofossils reconstructing sea level changes paleoenvironmental history

Editors and affiliations

  • Kaarina Weckström
    • 1
  • Krystyna M. Saunders
    • 2
  • Peter A. Gell
    • 3
  • C. Gregory Skilbeck
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Glaciology and ClimateGeological Survey of Denmark and GreenlandCopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.Institute of Geography and Oeschger Centre for Climate Change ResearchUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Water Research Network, Faculty of Science and TechnologyFederation University AustraliaMt HelenAustralia
  4. 4.School of Life SciencesUltimoAustralia

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