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Historical climate-human-ecosystem interaction in East Africa: a review

Vanessa Gelorini (UGent) and Dirk Verschuren (UGent)
(2013) AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY. 51(3). p.409-421
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The palaeoecological visibility of historical human impact on natural ecosystems in tropical East Africa is strongly impeded by an overriding dominant signature of climate change at decadal-to-millennial time scales. Better knowledge of the relative magnitude and timing of present and past human impact and climate variability is, however, instrumental to properly assess the resilience, and recovery potential, of East Africa's natural ecosystems. Here, we briefly review comprehensive previous attempts to assess past ecosystem responses to climate change and human impact. We further discuss some key issues of climate-human-ecosystem relationships in a multidisciplinary framework and address some future challenges and outcomes, which may pave the way to a better understanding of past climate-human-ecosystem interaction-in tropical Africa.
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climate variability, East Africa, ecosystem response, human impact, past and present, HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS, NINO-SOUTHERN-OSCILLATION, GLOBAL LAND-COVER, LATE-HOLOCENE, WESTERN UGANDA, HUMAN IMPACT, VEGETATION DYNAMICS, SOUTHWEST UGANDA, LAKE TANGANYIKA, ICE-AGE

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Gelorini, Vanessa, and Dirk Verschuren. 2013. “Historical Climate-human-ecosystem Interaction in East Africa: a Review.” African Journal of Ecology 51 (3): 409–421.
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Gelorini, V., & Verschuren, D. (2013). Historical climate-human-ecosystem interaction in East Africa: a review. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 51(3), 409–421.
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Gelorini V, Verschuren D. Historical climate-human-ecosystem interaction in East Africa: a review. AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY. 2013;51(3):409–21.
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Gelorini, Vanessa, and Dirk Verschuren. “Historical Climate-human-ecosystem Interaction in East Africa: a Review.” AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY 51.3 (2013): 409–421. Print.
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  abstract     = {The palaeoecological visibility of historical human impact on natural ecosystems in tropical East Africa is strongly impeded by an overriding dominant signature of climate change at decadal-to-millennial time scales. Better knowledge of the relative magnitude and timing of present and past human impact and climate variability is, however, instrumental to properly assess the resilience, and recovery potential, of East Africa's natural ecosystems. Here, we briefly review comprehensive previous attempts to assess past ecosystem responses to climate change and human impact. We further discuss some key issues of climate-human-ecosystem relationships in a multidisciplinary framework and address some future challenges and outcomes, which may pave the way to a better understanding of past climate-human-ecosystem interaction-in tropical Africa.},
  author       = {Gelorini, Vanessa and Verschuren, Dirk},
  issn         = {0141-6707},
  journal      = {AFRICAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY},
  keyword      = {climate variability,East Africa,ecosystem response,human impact,past and present,HUMAN-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTIONS,NINO-SOUTHERN-OSCILLATION,GLOBAL LAND-COVER,LATE-HOLOCENE,WESTERN UGANDA,HUMAN IMPACT,VEGETATION DYNAMICS,SOUTHWEST UGANDA,LAKE TANGANYIKA,ICE-AGE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {409--421},
  title        = {Historical climate-human-ecosystem interaction in East Africa: a review},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aje.12045},
  volume       = {51},
  year         = {2013},
}

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