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Quaternary Environments and Geoarchaeology (QEG)

QEG was established in 2004 and has continued to grow in size and scope. We study the climate changes of the Quaternary Period and their impacts on landscapes, ecosystems and human societies.

Our major, interconnected, research strands are:

  • landscape dynamics and geomorphic response to climate forcing;
  • climate change impacts in the past, particularly to inform the future;
  • human-environment interaction in the Holocene, including geoarchaeology;
  • Mediterranean and African Quaternary environments.

Our staff have three key areas of expertise:

  • Quaternary geomorphology (glacial, fluvial and aeolian);
  • palaeocology;
  • geochronology.

Current research themes include:

  • climate system dynamics: past, present and future;
  • ecosystems response to Quaternary climate change;
  • developing timescales for Quaternary change;
  • glacial geomorphology and landscape evolution;
  • flood histories and river response to environmental change;
  • geoarchaeology and cave sediment records;
  • human-environment interactions;
  • environmental change and landscape dynamics in drylands;
  • environmental change in the Mediterranean region.