Quaternary studies provide the essential context for evaluation of what is happening with the earth's climate today, and to clarify our vulnerability to hazardous natural processes. This book covers scientific aspects of past and present climatic changes of the quaternary period focused on the Indian subcontinent via response of modern environmental conditions on climate proxies, reconstruction of paleoclimate, paleomonsoon, glacial geology, climate variabilities using dendrochronology, cave deposits including quaternary tectonics and climate change over the Himalayan region. It consists of data generated from different landforms including lakes, caves, rivers, swamps, pits, and trenches using different proxies.

Aimed at researchers, graduate students, professionals in geology, geography and environmental sciences, micropaleontology, and Quaternary climate change, this book:

  • Studies Quaternary climate using various proxies in varied environments on the Indian sub-continent
  • Covers pertinent historical and environmental archives to understand the current climate scenario
  • Discusses the impact of climate change on biotic and abiotic components
  • Includes thorough review of paleoclimate change studies
  • Devotes significant space to glacial geology and all glacial climate proxies

Part 1: Response of Modern Environmental Conditions on Climate Proxies 1.Ostracod Diversity from Continental Slope Sediments of Gulf of Mannar, India: Bathymetry And Ecological Variations 2. Ecological Assessment of Recent Benthic Ostracoda off Kurusadai Island, Gulf of Mannar, India 3. Benthic Foraminiferal Distribution and its Ecological Studies in the Nearshore Environments off Palk Strait, East Coast of India Part 2: Glacial Geology 4. An Overview of the Glacial Geology and Glacial Based Evidences of Climate Change During Quaternary Period over Indian Sub-Continent Part 3: Reconstruction of Paleoclimate using Lake Sediments 5. Study of Lakes from Indian Subcontinent 6. Reconstruction of Paleoclimate using Lake Sediments with Special Reference to Ladakh 7. Vegetation History of Kolleru Lake Eastern Coast - an Insight into Holocene Climate Change Part 4: Climate Variabilities using Dendrochronology 8. Tree-Ring Based Four Centuries Soil Moisture Variability Reconstructions from Western Himalaya 9. Climatic Changes in Indian Subcontinent during Last Several Decades Based on Tree Ring Data - A Review 10. Reconstruction of Debris Flows Since 1758 C.E, from Lachung Valley Sikkim, The Eastern Himalaya Based on Tree-Ring Part 5: Climatic Variabilities using Cave Deposits 11. Understanding The Late Quaternary Climate Variability in India from a Speleothem Perspective 12. Review on Stalagmite and Stalactite Part 6: Reconstruction of Paleomonsoon 13. Sunspot as a Critical Forcing on the Indian Monsoon over the Indian Sub-Continent 14. Precipitation and Trophic Change Records in Response to Indian Monsoons since past Two Centuries: A Multiproxy Study of Sediment Core from Navegaon Bandh Lake 15. A 45-Ka Record of Productivity in the Western Bay of Bengal: Implications on the Indian Monsoon and Atlantic Climate 16. The Interplay of Mid to Late Holocene Tectonism and Northeast Monsoon on the Landscape Evolution: Palar River Basin, Southern Peninsular India Part 7: Quaternary Tectonics and Climate Change over Himalayan Region 17. Glacial Mass Change Induced Earthquakes in Himalayan Region of South Asia in Correspondence to Polar Region: One of the Proxies of Climate Change? 18. Seismo-Tectonics of the Shillong Plateau, Meghalaya Part 8: Plaeoenvironmental/Paleo Sea Level Changes 19. Pollen Analysis and Paleo-Environmental Studies of Archeological Deposits from Konkan Coast of India 20. A Synopsis of the Sea Level Changes in and around the Indian Subcontinent over the Holocene 21. Mid-Holocene Lacustrine Records of Climate and Vegetation Change from the Eastern Coastal Regions of India Part 9: Landscape and Geomorphological Changes 22. Active Tectonics-Climate Interaction in the Land Locked Basins of Central India 23. Landscape Evolution in Response to Tectono-Climatic Framework of the Indian Subcontinent during Quaternary: Few Case Studies