Climate History of Asia (Excluding China)

  • George C. D. Adamson
  • David J. Nash


As the largest landmass on Earth, Asia’s climatic history is of paramount importance. However, with the exception of China, research on the historical climatology of the continent remains in its infancy. Climate reconstructions using Islamic sources have been undertaken for Arabia and West Asia, particularly for the first millennium ce. For the Indian subcontinent, reconstruction has primarily used colonial sources, so information about past climatic variability exists mainly for the last three centuries. For Indonesia, colonial records have substantial potential, having been used previously only to compile disaster chronologies. Documentary reconstruction in Russia is minimal, with the exception of a review produced by Borisenkov in 1992. Climate reconstruction is far more advanced in Japan, including highly robust long-term temperature reconstructions from the dates of spring flowering and lake ice records.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George C. D. Adamson
    • 1
  • David J. Nash
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyKing’s College LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.School of Environment and TechnologyUniversity of BrightonBrightonUK
  3. 3.School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental StudiesUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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