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dc.contributor.authorPayne, Richarden_UK
dc.contributor.authorPates, Jacqueline Men_UK
dc.description.abstractThe Elatia Mires of northern Greece are unique ecosystems of high conservation value. The mires are climatically marginal and may be sensitive to changing hydroclimate, while northern Greece has experienced a significant increase in aridity since the late twentieth century. To investigate the impact of recent climatic change on the hydrology of the mires, the palaeoecological record was investigated from three near-surface monoliths extracted from two sites. Testate amoebae were analysed as sensitive indicators of hydrology. Results were interpreted using transfer function models to provide quantitative reconstructions of changing water table depth and pH. AMS radiocarbon dates and 210Pb suggest the peats were deposited within the last c. 50 years, but do not allow a secure chronology to be established. Results from all three profiles show a distinct shift towards a more xerophilic community particularly noted by increases in Euglypha species. Transfer function results infer a distinct lowering of water tables in this period. A hydrological response to recent climate change is a tenable hypothesis to explain this change; however other possible explanations include selective test decay, vertical zonation of living amoebae, ombrotrophication and local hydrological change. It is suggested that a peatland response to climatic change is the most probable hypothesis, showing the sensitivity of marginal peatlands to recent climatic change.en_UK
dc.relationPayne R & Pates JM (2009) Vertical stratification of testate amoebae in the Elatia Mires, northern Greece: Palaeoecological evidence for a wetland response to recent climatic change, or autogenic processes?. Wetlands Ecology and Management, 17 (4), pp. 355-364.
dc.rightsPublisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Wetlands Ecology and Management, August 2009, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 355-364 by Springer. The original publication is available at
dc.subjectClimate changeen_UK
dc.subjectTestate amoebaeen_UK
dc.titleVertical stratification of testate amoebae in the Elatia Mires, northern Greece: Palaeoecological evidence for a wetland response to recent climatic change, or autogenic processes?en_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleWetlands Ecology and Managementen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Universityen_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorPayne, Richard|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPates, Jacqueline M|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenamePayne and Pates 2009 Wetlands Ecology and Management.pdfen_UK
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