Periglacial and Paraglacial Processes and Environments (Geological Society Special Publication)

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Periglacial and paraglacial environments, located outside ice sheet margins but responding to similar climate forcings, are key to identifying climate change effects upon the Earth system. These environments are relicts of cold Earth processes and so are most sensitive to global warming. Changes in the distribution and thickness of permafrost in continental interiors have implications for ecosystem and landscape stability. Periglacial Alpine environments are experiencing increased rockfall and mass movement, leading to rock glacier instability and sediment release to downstream rivers. In turn, these landscape effects impact on natural hazards and human activities in these sensitive and geologically transient environments.

Papers in this volume explore some of these interrelated issues in field studies from Europe, North America and Asia. The volume will be of interest to geomorphologists, modellers, environmental managers, planners and engineers working on landscape, climate and environmental change in periglacial and paraglacial areas.

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This most interesting and useful volume ends with a summary chapter by one of the editors (Harrison), who puts the paraglacial environments into the wider context of climate change and climate sensitivity. He suggests that, with an ongoing climate change towards warming, we shall see more paraglaciation, and that for some time this predicted period of sediment reworking will be the last episode of major sediment movement on the time scale of the next tens of thousands of years.

To conclude, the Geological Society produced a most valuable addition to the series, of primary interest to geomorphologists, but certainly to Quaternary geologists and sedimentologists as well. It contains a number of well documented case studies and a few thought-provoking overviews and discussions. Highly recommended to any earth scientist interested in cold environments. --Piotr Migon, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland - Geologos

Like all Geological Society Special Publications, this is a superbly produced book but, being the outcome of a scientific symposium (in this case a joint meeting of the Geological Society of London and the Quaternary Research Association)

There is much in this eclectic collection that interested me a lot. In general, its strengths lie in the individual contributions, rather than the book as a whole and in the ideas discussed rather than the new evidence presented. However, I am sceptical of the attempts in the first and last chapters to link periglacial and paraglacial concepts and to justify the importance of both primarily in relation to climatic change in general and the future impact of global warming in particular. --John A. Matthews, Swansea University, UK, The Holocene 2010 20: 1003

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