Special Issue "Lake Sediments: An Invaluable Archive of Earth Critical Zone Trajectories"

A special issue of Quaternary (ISSN 2571-550X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabien Arnaud
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Environnement, Dynamique et Territoires de Montagne (EDYTEM), CNRS, Université de Savoie, 73373 Le Bourget du Lac, France
Interests: paleoenvironmental reconstructions from lake archives: paleohydrology, climate, anthropogenic impact, metallic contamination
Dr. Pierre Sabatier
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CNRS, Laboratoire EDYTEM, Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, Le Bourget du Lac, 73000 Chambéry, France
Interests: paleoclimate; extreme events; Critical Zone; geochronology; lake and lagoon sediments
Dr. Charline Giguet-Covex
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Department Environment, Dynamics and Territories of the Mountains (EDYTEM), UMR 5204 CNRS, University Savoie Mont Blanc, 73370 Le Bourget du Lac, France
Interests: paleoenvironments; human-environment interactions; mountain agro-ecosystems; soil erosion; lake sediment DNA
Dr. Jean-Philippe Jenny
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CARRTEL Limnology Center, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Université Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry, France
Interests: paleolimnology; global changes; carbon cycle; eutrophication; anthropocene

Special Issue Information

The Earth Critical Zone (ECZ) is the thin layer providing all necessary functions to sustain life on Earth. Understanding the functioning, legacy and long-term trajectories of the ECZ is thus crucial to preserve a safe operating space on Earth. Critical zone processes and their driving mechanisms, including climate (temperature, precipitation) and human impacts (pollution, agriculture, erosion) operate on a variety of time and space scales, hence precluding their direct monitoring. Lakes are present all over the world and their sediments collect most of the solid and dissolved fluxes from their catchment. With this issue, we aim at enlightening how lake sediments are invaluable and sometimes, underrated, archives of ECZ. This will concern the identification and long-term reconstruction of forcing mechanisms (climate, geodynamics, human-induced pressures) as well as ECZ reactions, both through the biotic and the abiotic compartments.  
Methodological reviews will be particularly welcome in order to provide a valuable amount of technical, methodological and conceptual milestones for future researchers. We are also seeking for papers displaying and/or discussing emergent techniques, from field operations up to the most sophisticated lab analyses. Finally, we are keen to display the advancement in lake sediment-related computing science, including data management, meta-analysis or numerical modelling.

Dr. Fabien Arnaud
Dr. Pierre Sabatier
Dr. Charline Giguet-Covex
Dr. Jean-Philippe Jenny
Guest Editors

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  • Lake sediment
  • Earth critical zone
  • Socio-ecosystems
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Sediment transfer
  • Global change
  • Human impacts
  • Climate
  • Biodiversity
  • Geodynamics
  • Innovative proxies
  • Meta-analysis
  • Data management
  • Innovative fieldwork tools

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Lake Sedimentary DNA Research on Past Terrestrial and Aquatic Biodiversity: Overview and Recommendations
Quaternary 2021, 4(1), 6; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/quat4010006 - 13 Feb 2021
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The use of lake sedimentary DNA to track the long-term changes in both terrestrial and aquatic biota is a rapidly advancing field in paleoecological research. Although largely applied nowadays, knowledge gaps remain in this field and there is therefore still research to be [...] Read more.
The use of lake sedimentary DNA to track the long-term changes in both terrestrial and aquatic biota is a rapidly advancing field in paleoecological research. Although largely applied nowadays, knowledge gaps remain in this field and there is therefore still research to be conducted to ensure the reliability of the sedimentary DNA signal. Building on the most recent literature and seven original case studies, we synthesize the state-of-the-art analytical procedures for effective sampling, extraction, amplification, quantification and/or generation of DNA inventories from sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) via high-throughput sequencing technologies. We provide recommendations based on current knowledge and best practises. Full article
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