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Climate: Past, Present & Future

Stephan Pötter

I am a PhD student at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) in physical geography, focusing on paleoenvironmental research based on loess and related deposits. My methodological focus is on elemental and isotope geochemistry, as well as granulometric analyses, which I apply to understand the history of deflation, transport, preservation, and reworking of loess. Currently working mainly in the Middle and Lower Danube basins, I am also interested in Pleistocene paleoenvironments and geoarcheology of Central Europe.

Presenting a new European loess map

Presenting a new European loess map

Loess is a silt-sized, aeolian sediment that was produced in large quantities in past geological eras of mid-latitude Europe and Asia, among others (Fig. 1). It is used in Quaternary science to infer about past climatic and environmental conditions. Generally, layers of loess formed during cold and dry periods, while soils formed within/on top the loess during warmer and wetter periods. These soil ...[Read More]