Cave speleothems and lake sediments

Peloponnese offers an excellent opportunity to study the co-evolution of environmental and cultural change in a historical perspective, going all the way back to Bronze Age civilizations. This long term historical perspective on social-ecological systems will contribute to our understanding of past societies adaptation strategies to a changing physical environment. A focal point in this research will be to extract precise and well-dated information on climate variability, flooding events and sea-level history, using speleothems in caves and sediments from wetlands situated in Messinia, Lakonia and Arcadia.



  Responsible scientists:  
Professor Karin Holmgren, Stockholm University  
Professor Christos S Zerefos, Academy of Athens