Synopses & Reviews
The remote mountain loch of Lochnagar is one of the most studied freshwater bodies in Europe. This book brings together knowledge gained over two decades of multi-disciplinary scientific study, with the results of lake sediment research covering millennia, to show how the loch has developed both naturally and as a result of human impact. Particular emphasis is placed on how this fragile ecosystem, and others like it, may be affected by future climate change.
From the reviews: "Lochnagar brings together a wealth of information about a remote lake ... . this volume brings together the best authorities in the field of (paleo-) limnology and related sciences--46 persons all in all--who have condensed the knowledge about Lochnager into 500 pages. ... they have also added background information to each of the 19 chapters, which will make this book readable to non-specialists and students. ... To help readers from other disciplines, the book contains an excellent glossary ... ." (Roland Psenner, Journal of Paleolimnology, Vol. 40, 2008)
About the Author
Neil Rose's first degree was in Chemistry with Geochemistry at University of Leicester (1981 - 1984). He then joined the British Antarctic Survey and spent 30 months in the Antarctic working on limnology of sub-Antarctic lakes and discovering the joys of lake sediment. Upon return to the UK, he joined the Palaeoecology Research Unit (later becoming the Environmental Change Research Centre - ECRC) at University College London as a Research Assistant. His PhD was awarded in July 1991 entitled "Fly-ash particles in lake sediments: Extraction, characterisation and distribution". Since then he has remained with the ECRC being appointed Principal Research Fellow in October 2001. His main research focus is in the use of lake sediments to determine spatial and temporal distributions of pollutants in remote lakes and this has led him to work in Svalbard, Greenland, Uganda, China, Alaska and many European mountain areas. Further research areas include the source apportionment of fly-ash particles and the use of SCP temporal profiles to provide lake sediment chronologies for the industrial period. His research at Lochnagar began in 1988 and shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
Table of Contents
1. An introduction to Lochnagar, Neil L. Rose 2. Physical characteristics of Lochnagar, Michael Hughes Part I: The environmental landscape of Lochnagar 3. Geology of Lochnagar and surrounding region, Sally Goodman 4. The shaping of Lochnagar: Pre-glacial, glacial and post-glacial processes, Adrian M. Hall 5. Lochnagar water-temperatures, climate and weather, Roy Thompson, Helen Kettle, Donald T. Monteith and Neil L. Rose 6. The development, distribution and properties of soils in the Lochnagar catchment and their and influence on soil water chemistry, Rachel C. Helliwell, Allan Lilly and John S. Bell 7. Flora and vegetation of Lochnagar - past, present and future, H. John. B. Birks Part II: The contemporary physical and biological status of Lochnagar 8. The sediments of Lochnagar: Distribution, accumulation and composition, Neil L. Rose 9. Hydrology and hydrochemistry of Lochnagar, Alan Jenkins, Nick Reynard, Michael Hutchins, Muriel Bonjean and Martin Lees 10. The aquatic flora of Lochnagar, Roger J. Flower, Donald T. Monteith, Jonathon Tyler, Ewan Shilland and Sergi Pla 11. Pattern and process in the Lochnagar food web, Guy Woodward and Katrin Layer 12. Brown trout in Lochnagar: Population and contamination by metals and organic micropollutants, Bjørn Olav Rosseland, Sigurd Rognerud, Peter Collen, Joan O. Grimalt, Ingrid Vives, Jean-Charles Massabuau, Reinhard Lackner, Rudolf Hofer, Gunnar Raddum, Arne Fjellheim, Ron Harriman and Benjamin Piña Part III: Anthropogenic impacts from atmospheric pollutant deposition 13. National, international and global sources of contamination at Lochnagar, Neil L. Rose, Sarah E. Metcalfe, Anna C. Benedictow, Martin Todd and Jim Nicholson 14. Acidification of Lochnagar and prospects for recovery, Donald T. Monteith, Chris D. Evans and Catherine Dalton 15. Trace metals in the catchment, loch and sediments of Lochnagar: Measurements and modelling, Edward Tipping, Handong Yang, Alan J. Lawlor, Neil L. Rose and Laura Shotbolt 16. Persistent organic pollutants in the sediments of Lochnagar, Derek C.G. Muir and Neil L. Rose 17. Temporal and spatial patterns of spheroidal carbonaceous particles (SCPs) in sediments, soils and deposition at Lochnagar, Neil L. Rose and Handong Yang Part IV: Future impacts 18. Future climate predictions for Lochnagar, Helen Kettle and Roy Thompson 19. Past and future environmental change at Lochnagar and the impacts of a changing climate, Neil L. Rose and Richard W. Battarbee Glossary, acronyms and abbreviations Index