University of Hertfordshire

  • Darren Crook
  • Mark Elvin
  • Richard Jones
  • Shen Ji
  • Gez Foster
  • John Dearing
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMountains: Sources of Water, Sources of Knowledge.
EditorsEllen Wiegandt
Place of PublicationNetherlands
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4020-6748-8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-6747-1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameAdvances in Global Change Research


This chapter introduces an interdisciplinary methodology, which combines the use of archaeological and documentary sources alongside environmental proxy indicators found in sedimentary archives, to assess on a hydrological catchment scale historical human impacts on hydrology. The advantages and benefits of this technique are demonstrated through the results taken from ongoing work on a case study, Erhai in Yunnan province, China. This approach allows us to increase understanding of local knowledge, vulnerability, mitigation, adaptation and resilience to local, regional and globally derived environment and climate change.

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