Roland Mäusbacher

Roland Mäusbacher
Friedrich Schiller University Jena | FSU · Department of Geography

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Publications (160)
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Rock glaciers are receiving increased attention as a potential source of water and indicator of climate change in periglacial landscapes. They consist of an ice‐debris mixture, which creeps downslope. Although rock glaciers are a wide‐spread feature on the Tibetan Plateau, characteristics such as its ice fraction are unknown as a superficial debris...
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Two of the largest and deepest endorheic lakes on the Tibetan Plateau, Nam Co and Tangra Yumco, were targeted to infer Late Quaternary (24 ka) responses of their hydrological balance to environmental dynamics. For this purpose, high-resolution multi-proxy records were used to obtain information on lake level variations and how these are related to...
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Permafrost as a climate-sensitive parameter and its occurrence and distribution play an important role in the observation of global warming. However, field-based per-mafrost distribution data and information on the subsur-face ice content in the large area of the southern mountainous Tibetan Plateau (TP) are very sparse. Existing models based on bo...
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Abstract. Permafrost as a climate-sensitive parameter, its occurrence and distribution plays an important role in the observation of global warming. However, field-based permafrost distribution data and information on the subsurface ice content at the large area of the southern mountainous Tibetan Plateau (TP) is very sparse. Existing models based...
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South Africa is a key region for paleoclimatic studies, because it is affected by both, the Southern Hemisphere temperate Westerlies and the tropical Easterlies. However, due to the scarcity of natural archives, the climatic and environmental evolution of South Africa during the late Quaternary is highly debated. Voёlvlei is a shallow lake that is...
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Swartvlei is one of the most thoroughly investigated lacustrine coastal systems in South Africa. However, studies regarding the most recent past (i.e., the last 30–40 years) examining anthropogenic impacts on sediment deposition are missing completely. This study, covering the past 400 years, provides evidence for distinct environmental changes dur...
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Water temperature and the related thermal structure and stratification of a lake are very important to lake ecosystems because of their significant effects on the vertical exchanges of dissolved and particulate matter. In this study, we present high resolution, seasonal variations in water temperature at different depths of a large deep lake on the...
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Sediment fluxes in the Qugaqie basin at NamCo Lake (Tibetan plateau) underlie a special regional climate setting. The setting is characterized by an intersection of the Westerlies, the South West Asian monsoon (Indian summer monsoon), and the East Asian monsoon. Additionally, sediment fluxes in high mountain areas are controlled by strong temperatu...
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Due to the scarcity of natural archives for paleoenvironmental studies, the climatic evolution of South Africa during the late Quaternary is highly debated. Peat deposits provide excellent archives to investigate past environmental and climate variability. Vankervelsvlei, a fen at the southern Cape coast, in the year round rainfall zone of South Af...
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The southern Cape is a particularly dynamic region of South Africa in terms of climate change as it is influenced by both temperate and tropical circulation systems. This paper presents pollen and microcharcoal data generated from a sediment core extracted from the coastal lake Eilandvlei spanning the last $8900 years. With an average sample resolu...
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A multiproxy approach, focusing on biological proxies, was undertaken to determine the influence of sea-level changes along the southern Cape coast and the variability of water masses over the central Agulhas Bank region during the Holocene. A 30.47 m sedimentary core extracted from the coastal lake, Eilandvlei, shows continuous deposition for the...
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Lake sediments as well as peat deposits provide excellent archives to investigate past environmental and climate variability. Vankervelsvlei, a fen at the southern cape coast, in the year-round rainfall zone (YRZ) of South Africa, located 152 m above mean sea level is one of the scarce environmental archives in this region. From this fen a 15 m lon...
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We investigated 4.84-m-long sediment record spanning over the Late Glacial and Holocene from Lake Donggi Cona to be able to reconstruct circulation pattern on the Tibetan Plateau (TP). Presently, Lake Donggi Cona is located at the boundaries of Westerlies and Asian monsoon circulations in the northeastern TP. However, the exact timing and stimulati...
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Integrado num projecto financiado pela Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Fundação Alemã de Investigação), foram investigados entre 2005 e 2010, com os métodos da arqueologia tradicional e da geo-arqueologia interdisciplinar, a evolução e a colmatação de diversos estuários e lagunas na actual costa sul de Portugal, no Algarve, durante o Holoceno...
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A possible asynchronicity of the spatial and temporal moisture availability on the Tibetan Plateau was controversially discussed in recent years. Here we present the first attempt to systematically investigate possible spatial and temporal variations of moisture availability by examining two lakes, Tangra Yumco and Nam Co, on an east-west-transect...
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A 30.5 m sediment core was recovered from the coastal lake Eilandvlei (EV13), which represents a unique high-resolution record of environmental change for southern Africa. For the establishment of a robust chronology, special emphasis was placed on the calibration of radiocarbon (¹⁴C) ages obtained from the dating of different material. However, th...
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Lake level fluctuations are important features in paleo-reconstructions that can be linked to past climate changes. Closed-basin lakes on the south-central Tibetan Plateau record the balance between monsoonal precipitation and evaporative loss. To date, most studies provide only qualitative estimates of past hydrological changes. For the first time...
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Along the Algarve coast, multi-proxy investigations of four estuaries detail the Holocene landscape evolution through high-resolution pollen and sediment analyses. This approach focuses on palynological results and enables the reconstruction of differentiated human impact around the studied archives between the Neolithic and modern times. During th...
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The spatial distribution of paleomagnetic secular variation (PSV) records on the Tibetan Plateau and adjacent areas covering the Holocene and Late Glacial is sparse. In order to reconstruct PSV in this area, a piston core covering the past 17.5 ka cal B.P. retrieved from Lake Tangra Yumco, southern-central Tibetan Plateau, was analyzed. In the lami...
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Improved knowledge of deglaciation processes during the termination of the Last Glacial Maximum on the Tibetan Plateau can provide important information for understanding deglaciations in climate-sensitive high-altitude ecosystems. Little, however, is known about this time interval because most lacustrine sediment records from the Tibetan Plateau a...
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Despite the southern Cape's great climatic and botanical significance (occupying the transition between the temperate and subtropical circulation systems and forming part of a global biodiversity hotspot), palaeoenvironmental data for this region of southern Africa is limited. This study presents pollen, charcoal and sedimentological data preserved...
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The Tibetan Plateau (TP) is primarily influenced by the northern hemispheric middle latitude Westerlies and the Indian summer monsoon (ISM). The extent, long-distance effects and potential long-term changes of these two atmospheric circulations are not yet fully understood. Here, we analyse modern airborne pollen in a transition zone of seasonally...
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Massive carbonate banks representing ancient lacustrine deposits are exposed in the catchment of the lake Tangra Yumco (southern-central Tibetan Plateau) and nearby lake Xuru Co. Nine sediment samples were taken below and above these lacustrine deposits to determine periods of changing lake level using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) applyi...
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Three sediment cores from neighbouring estuaries along the Portuguese Algarve coast were analysed for the comparison of grain-size distribution, geochemical composition and microfossil associations. The goal of this study is to reconstruct the environmental evolution of the estuaries. Our reconstructions based on foraminifera and ostracods reveal s...
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Magnetostratigraphy has been serving as a valuable tool for dating and confirming chronologies of lacustrine sediments in many parts of the world. Suitable paleomagnetic records on the Tibetan Plateau (TP) and adjacent areas are, however, extremely scarce. Here, we derive paleomagnetic records from independently radiocarbon-dated sediments from two...
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The transition from the Last Glacial to the current Interglacial, the Holocene, represents an important period with climatic and environmental changes impacting ecosystems. In this study, we examined the interplay between the Indian Ocean Summer Monsoon (IOSM) and the Westerlies at lake Nam Co, southern Tibet to understand the climatic effects on t...
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Decadal to sub-decadal variability of inflow, evaporation and biological productivity derived from Lake Nam Co was used to reconstruct hydrological changes for the past ca. 24 k cal a BP. The timing of these variations corresponds to known climatic shifts on the Northern Hemisphere. After a dry and cold Last Glacial Maximum the lake level of Nam Co...
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Decadal to sub-decadal variability of inflow, evaporation and biological productivity derived from Lake Nam Co was used to reconstruct hydrological changes for the past ca. 24 k cal a BP. The timing of these variations corresponds to known climatic shifts on the Northern Hemisphere. After a dry and cold Last Glacial Maximum the lake level of Nam Co...
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The transition from the last Glacial to the current Interglacial, the Holocene, represents an important period with climatic and environmental changes impacting ecosystems. In this study, we examined the interplay between the Indian Ocean Summer Monsoon (IOSM) and the Westerlies at lake Nam Co, southern Tibet to understand the climatic effects on t...
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Magnetostratigraphy has been serving as a valuable tool for dating and confirming chronologies of lacustrine sediments in many parts of the world. Suitable paleomagnetic records on the Tibetan Plateau (TP) and adjacent areas are, however, extremely scarce. Here, we derive paleomagnetic records from independently radiocarbon-dated sediments from two...
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The climate of Sulawesi is driven by the monsoon system as well as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Until now, mechanisms and long-term variations of these complex interacting climate processes have been poorly understood. This paper uses a sediment record from Lake Kalimpaa to investigate long-term rainfall trends of the past ~1500 years....
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Radiocarbon dating of bulk organic matter is the most commonly used method for establishing chronologies of lake sediments for palaeoclimate reconstructions on the Tibetan Plateau. However, this method is likely to be problematic because the dated material often suffers from old carbon contamination. Recently, advances in luminescence-based chronol...
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A sedimentological, geochemical, micropaleontological, and palynological study of a lacustrine sediment record from the small TT Lake (southern-central Tibetan Plateau) shows that the background sedimentation was frequently interrupted by event-related deposits. These event-related deposits are interpreted as the result of hydrologic events that ar...
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This study focuses on Holocene monsoon dynamics on the central Tibetan Plateau (TP) inferred using a sediment record from Lake Nam Co. A high-resolution (decadal) multi-proxy approach, using geochemical, micropaleontological, and sedimentological methods was applied. Fifteen AMS-14C ages were used to establish the chronology, assuming a reservoir e...
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The southern Cape coast, South Africa, is sensitive to climate fluctuations as it is influenced by different atmospheric and oceanic circulation systems. Palaeoecological evidence of Holocene climate variations in this region is presently limited. Here, we present a lake sediment record spanning approximately the last 670 years from Eilandvlei, a b...
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This study focuses on the analysis of lake sediments retrieved from the deepest part of Lake Nam Co (Tibetan Plateau). One gravity core of 115 cm length, covering the last ~ 4000 cal BP, was analyzed for geochemical and biological parameters. High organic content at ~ 4000 cal BP and the coinciding presence of pyrite framboids until ~ 2000 cal BP p...
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Nous étudions l’histoire de deux estuaires de la côte d’Algarve (sud du Portugal) en utilisant des reconstructions multi-proxy (sédimentologie, géochimie, palynologie, micropaléontologie et datation au carbone 14). Basé sur ces derniers ∼7500 ans. Les données palynologiques décrivent des transformations florales que nous expliquons par des changeme...
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High-resolution environmental records from the Tibetan Plateau are essential to understand past global climatic and environmental changes. Magnetic minerals in lake sediments are important proxies to reconstruct environmental and climatic changes. Nam Co (lake) is a typical great lake in the transitional region of southwest monsoon in the Tibetan P...
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The Tibetan Plateau has experienced abrupt climate change superimposed by a gradual weakening of the summer monsoon systems during the Holocene. Although lake sediment records from the Tibetan Plateau are considered to be particularly sensitive to climate variations a holistic picture of the spatial and temporal monsoon evolution is still lacking d...
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The Tibetan Plateau is the greatest plateau on Earth with an average altitude of 4,500 m asl. Due to its high elevation, large area and significant role in the formation of the Asian Monsoon Systems (e.g., Indian Ocean and East-Asian Summer Monsoon) it is considered to react very sensitive to climate variations. The numerous lake systems on the Tib...
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The environment of the southern Cape coast, South Africa, is sensitive to climate fluctuations as it is influenced by different atmospheric and oceanic circulation systems. Paleoecological evidence of Holocene climate variations in this region is presently limited, due to climatic conditions not supporting the accumulation and preservation of suita...
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Ostracod analyses from a lake sediment core are used to reconstruct Holocene changes in monsoon intensity from a Tibetan Plateau lake. Lowest δ18O values, relatively high δ13C values and a low diversity ostracod fauna suggest high freshwater input prior to ∼5400 calendar years BP. From ∼5400 to ∼3800 BP, δ18O values increase due to evaporative enri...