Natural landscape evolution
Principal investigator: H.J. Pierik (PhD-student)
This project focuses on dynamic landscapes in the Lowlands during the Late Holocene. In the coastal area, many new sea ingressions took place mainly as a result of occupation of the peat rim in the coastal plain. In the delta plain area, flooding frequency and sediment supply increased, coinciding with changing river patterns forming the main rivers we know today (Lek, Waal, Gelderse IJssel). In the Pleistocene sand area, drift sands occur as soon as population rises in the Early Middle Ages. This project will determine the relative importance of natural and anthropogenic factors in landscape evolution.
Detailed digital landscape reconstructions are compiled for the coastal plain and fluvial area. Showing the landscape setting development during the Late Holocene. The timing of the river avulsions is refined using accurate dating strategies. Occupation dynamics in relation to the landscape developments is evaluated. For the pleistocene area the project will focus on the development of drift sands which will be related to occupation and vegetation development.
Coring samples for Project B