Investigating the East Asian monsoon through geochronological, geochemical and magnetic fabric etc in China

  • Stevens, Thomas (PI)
  • Lu, Huayu (CoI)

Project: Research

Project Details


Chinese loess remains one of the most useful terrestrial archives of past climate available. However, prompted in part by this research, there is now considerable debate as to how to best interpret climate records from loess, to what extent sedimentation can be considered 'continuous', and how abrupt climate and sedimentation rate change may affect preservation of climate records. This research aims to answer these questions by developing detailed and accurate age models using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating. The project employs high vertical sampling resolution OSL dating of Chinese loess deposits and has highlighted the complex nature of loess sedimentation and the influence that this has on age models and preserved climate records. The research has involved the development of fully independent reconstructions of abrupt Late Quaternary monsoon variation using sedimentologic and palaeomagnetic approaches.
Effective start/end date1/09/0831/08/09


  • National Geographic: £7,651.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land