A few days we received an e-mail from the editor of Global and Planetary Change letting us know that our first manuscript has finally been accepted! This was great news for all of us. Finally the manuscript will be printed! The story we are telling is how lake sediments, using a variety of different chemical, biological and physical analytical techniques allow tracing the intensity of the Asian summer monsoon back in time. This first manuscript is of course only one in a series of contributions to the Thailand monsoon project that have and will be submitted for publication during the coming years.
Moo and Nut have recently submitted their first manuscripts, and I very much hope that the reviewers will be positive and that the manuscripts will be accepted for publication during the course of this year. It will be great to see their work printed.
Our work, which now goes in print, shows that multiple sediment sequences need to be analyzed with a variety of parameters in large lakes in order to understand the depositional history of the sediments and, in a further step to trace shifts in summer precipitation. Our Lake Kumphawapi record is important because it fills a crucial gap in an area from which little is known about past Asian monsoon variability. While Kumphawai registered shifts in Asian monsoon intensity in concert with insolation changes, our findings of a lake level rise, and as such higher precipitation and a stronger summer monsoon during parts of the last 2000 years need to be tested further. For this we will now focus on a site situated close to Kumphawapi and will try to interpret the shifts we see in the geochemistry in terms of climatic and environmental changes. Of course we will also try to compare this record to Kumphawapi, and to high-resolution precipitation/drought records established based on tree rings by other researchers.
Kumphawapi’s water lilies are beautiful and attract numerous visitors each year. Our plan is to make posters in English and Thai that will explain the lake’s story to all visitors.