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Climate variability of Interglacial-Glacial transitions
by means of lake sediments in central and eastern Europe


Martin Melles
Stefan Knetsch


Frank W. Junge
Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig

Tatjana Böttger
Umweltforschngszentrum Halle-Leipzig GmbH

Funding: BMBF


The aim of this project, which is part of the DECLIM program of the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), is to analyse the decadal climate variability within the last interglacial cycle, with particular attention being drawn on the interglacial-glacial transition. For this purpose multidisciplinary investigations are carried out on limnic sediment successions from central and eastern Europe. The impact of the North Atlantic Oscilation (the Gulf Stream) on the European continent is examined using limnic sediment records from five locations which form a W-E transect.


Investigated Objects

In order to adress the aims of the project the following limnic-telmatic profiles of the last interglacial (Eemian) are investigated:
o Neumark Nord in Mitteldeutschland (Nr. 12 in the map)
o Gröbern in central Germany (14)
o Klinge in Lusatia (36)
o Zbytki in Poland (37)
o Cheremoshnik next to Rostov in Russia (38)


Abb.1: Map of Eemian sites with pollen diagrams used in the paleoclimatic analysis (adapted from Zagwijn, 1996)