A QuicklakeH workshop
15th –19th September 2014
In 2014, the QuicklakeH project organises a meeting in Turkey in Sept 15-19 in Ankara followed by a fieldtrip in the lake district (Lake Tuz and Beyşehir) and Çatalhöyük and Meke Maar Lake in the Konya basin.
Volume of Abstracts from the Turkey meeting: here
The first workshop circular is available here (pdf)
Past QuicklakeH workshops:
“Rapidly Changing Large Lakes and Human Response"
A QuicklakeH workshop
5th –11th January 2013
Tehran and the South Caspian coast, Iran
Organized by: Iranian National Institute for Oceanography (INIO)
Sponsored by: The International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)
The workshop Volume of Abstracts is available here (pdf).
The list of participants is available here (docx).
The second workshop circular is available here (pdf).
The first workshop circular is available here (pdf).
The Caspian Sea (CS) is the largest closed basin in the world with different
sea-level fluctuations since its isolation from oceans in the Pliocene. The
last fluctuations in the Caspian sea-level had amplitude of 3 m from 1929 up
to now. These fluctuations have had strong impacts on local settlements at
proximity of the lake. However, although these kinds of fluctuations are
well preserved in sedimentary succession, so far no agreement exists between
different scientists, not even for the last millennia. The climate over the
Caspian basin is controlled mainly by air masses passing through the North
Atlantic, North West Indian oceans, Arctic and Central Asia regions.
Precipitation over the Volga River basin, the main supplier of the lake, is
the main controller for fluctuations, which are then modified by regional
and local specifications. The drought in summer 2010 over the drainage basin
of the Volga led to a 20 cm drop in the Caspian Sea level.
The present field trip will focus on the south basin of the Caspian Sea,
which is separated by a sill, now flooded, from the rest of the CS. In the
Holocene the south basin has been isolated several times, leading to a
different sea level record than the rest of the CS. Moreover the role of the
Uzboy channel which transported water from the Amu-Daria in the early
Holocene will also be discussed.
Finding a relationship between different climate systems prevailing over the
region, precipitation over the basins and the lakes level changes will be
examined in this research.
Topics of interests
- Finding a logical relationship between the climate changes and the
- Ecological and environmental impacts of the lake level changes, eg on
caviar fisheries, harbours management, petroleum industries
- Speed of change in water levels and salinity, for the Caspian Sea
- Impact on population around the lakes now and in the
historical/archaeological past, eg the more humid Sassanid period, and the
Gorgan wall built to stop invasions form the north, now partially below
- The causes of the heydays of the Sassanian period, a period of
optimal rainfall, agriculture and lake levels.
Objectives: The response of large lakes (eg Caspian Sea) and small lakes (eg
Aral Sea) to climatic changes is different. In the large lakes, the
lacustrine internal processes and specifications are major factors that
determine their feedback.