Holocene dust dynamics: Introduction to the special issue

François De Vleeschouwer*, Jan Berend W. Stuut, Fabrice Lambert

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This article is a brief introduction to the Special Issue on Holocene Dust Dynamics, which brings together recent research on a key aspect of the Earth’s changing climate through its effects on radiative balance, cloud cover and biogeochemical cycles. The aim of the Special Issue is to contribute to a better understanding of the role of dust aerosols by analysing the evolution and climatic impact of atmospheric dust over long and short timescales within the Holocene. Here, we introduce the rationale behind the Special Issue and the eight research papers, which include long-term records of dust deposition from different types of natural archive (e.g. peatlands, ice, loess and lake sediments) as well as present-day multi-annual dust trap records and process studies from various climatic regimes that have global implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-491
Number of pages3
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • aerosols
  • atmospheric dust
  • climate change
  • Holocene
  • natural archives


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