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See detailSynthèse sur l’évolution des paléoenvironnements de l’Afrique occidentale atlantique depuis la fin de la dernière période glaciaire. Influences climatiques et anthropiques.
Assi Kaudjhis, Chimène Cloche M ULg; DIGBEHI, Bruno Zéli; ROCHE, Emile et al

in Revue Internationale de Géologie, de Géographie et d'Ecologie Tropicales (2010), 34

This paper gets together palynological informations issued from 34 sites from Atlantic West Africa for making, with the aid of an exhaustive bibliography, the synthesis of the palaeoecological evolution ... [more ▼]

This paper gets together palynological informations issued from 34 sites from Atlantic West Africa for making, with the aid of an exhaustive bibliography, the synthesis of the palaeoecological evolution of the area during the last 20 000 years. From the collected data, the following progressive process was established: the period going from 20 000 to 15 500 yrs BP, characterized by a maximum of aridity, is marked by an important expansion of savannahs. During the post-glacial transition, between 15 500 and 12 000 yrs BP, an increase of heat and moisture results in the renewal of the Guineo-Congolese rainforest in the lowlands and of the afro-mountainous forest in the highlands. From 8000 to 6000 yrs BP, a wet and warm optimum favours the rise of lakes levels and a wide forests’ expansion. Then, a major change of gradual climatic drying out, recorded towards 4000 yrs BP and extended until 2500 yrs BP allows the retreat of forests and the opening of some clumps. From 2500 yrs BP, the climate evolves gradually towards its current stage, with warmer and wetter characters but it presents a certain instability in touch with the global changes of the last two millennia. Human influence on environment in Atlantic West Africa increases principally from 2000 yrs BP interfering during the last millennium with climate-related events, de effects of which it can mask. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamique de la végétation d'altitude en Afrique centrale atlantique depuis 17 000 ans BP. Analyses préliminaires de la carotte de Bambili (Nord-Ouest du Cameroun).
Assi Kaudjhis, Chimène Cloche M ULg; LEZINE, ANNE - MARIE; Roche, Emile ULg

in Geo-Eco-Trop : Revue Internationale de Géologie, de Géographie et d'Ecologie Tropicales (2008), 32

This article presents the preliminary results of pollen analyses carried out on a 13.5m long core taken from the shore of the crater lake of Bambili, Cameroon (05°56'11.9N; 10°14' 31.6E; 2273m alt.). This ... [more ▼]

This article presents the preliminary results of pollen analyses carried out on a 13.5m long core taken from the shore of the crater lake of Bambili, Cameroon (05°56'11.9N; 10°14' 31.6E; 2273m alt.). This allows us to reconstruct the history of montane forest ecosystems from Atlantic Central Africa since 17 000 years BP. Well diversified microflora, show several changes. At the base of the pollen sequence, the vegetation is dominated by herbaceous plant populations such as Poaceae, associated with “dry” plant types from Amaranthaceae/ Chenopodiaceae families and tree and shrub plant types from savannas and open forest formations types such as Gnidia, Lannea, Combretaceae, Cussonia… The montane forest expansion started from 14 080cal BP with the appearance of the pioneer taxon Myrica. This taxon is followed by Schefflera, Podocarpus, Olea, Syzygium… which widely expanded in the immediate surroundings of the lake from 12 310 to 4 590 cal BP. After this date, the montane forest was strongly reduced. However a short phase of forest regrowth is recorded around 2000 BP during which Schefflera dominated the forest assemblage. [less ▲]

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