Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Clim. Past, 12, 1009–1027, 2016
Clim. Past, 12, 1009–1027, 2016
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15 Apr 2016
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The link between marine sediment records and changes in Holocene Saharan landscape: simulating the dust cycle

Sabine Egerer et al.

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We demonstrate for the first time the direct link between dust accumulation in marine sediment cores and Saharan land surface by simulating the mid-Holocene and pre-industrial dust cycle as a function of Saharan land surface cover and atmosphere-ocean conditions using the coupled atmosphere-aerosol model ECHAM6-HAM2.1. Mid-Holocene surface characteristics, including vegetation cover and lake surface area, are derived from proxy data and simulations.