1. Introduction

  1. Sarah E. Metcalfe1 and
  2. David J. Nash2,3
  1. Sarah E. Metcalfe1 and
  2. David J. Nash2,3

Published Online: 27 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118336311.ch1

Quaternary Environmental Change in the Tropics

Quaternary Environmental Change in the Tropics

How to Cite

Metcalfe, S. E. and Nash, D. J. (2012) Introduction, in Quaternary Environmental Change in the Tropics (eds S. E. Metcalfe and D. J. Nash), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118336311.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ, United Kingdom

  3. 3

    School of Geography, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Geography, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ, United Kingdom

  3. 3

    School of Geography, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Private Bag 3, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118343258

Online ISBN: 9781118336311

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Keywords:

  • global contexts, glacial and flux of mineral dust;
  • tropics, range of environments/climates;
  • classic Köppen–Geiger system;
  • the tropics and its importance, sources and sinks of CO2;
  • climate boundaries, fuzzy and mobile;
  • changes in tropical environments, drivers of human evolution;
  • tropical environmental change;
  • land and ocean interface, the Quaternary changes in sea level;
  • fully coupled ocean–atmosphere models;
  • drivers of tropical environmental change

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why the tropics matter

  • Development of ideas

  • Establishment of the tropical climate system

  • Drivers of tropical environmental change

  • The tropics as drivers of change

  • Extra-tropical forcing

  • Organisation of the volume

  • Acknowledgements

  • References