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The Archaeoclimatology Atlas of Oregon: The Modeled Distribution in Space and Time of Past Climates
by Reid A Bryson, Katherine McEnaney DeWall and Alison Stenger
University of Utah Press, 2009
Paper: 978-0-87480-926-8 | eISBN: 978-1-60781-953-0
Library of Congress Classification QC884.5.O7B79 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 551.69795

Research on the effects of climate change on people and the environment has its roots in decades of study by archaeologists and meteorologists. The Archaeoclimatology Atlas of Oregon provides an in-depth look at the modeled climatic and environmental history of the region over the past 14,000 years and analyzes the relationship between climatic variables and people in the past.

The Macrophysical Climate Model (MCM) used for the atlas presents an innovative means of modeling past climate that has been rigorously tested and verified against field evidence worldwide. Broad-scale reconstructions of specific times in the past provide detailed site-specific graphs of precipitation, temperature, evaporation, and snowfall for more than 75 locations in Oregon.

Applications of the model and its implications for human populations in Oregon are explored for each region of the state, demonstrating the variability of human-climate interactions.
Reid A. Bryson (1920-2008) was an emeritus professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, geography, and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He authored seven books and more than 250 other publications ranging over the fields of geology, limnology, meteorology, climatology, archaeology, and geography. His book, Climates of Hunger, received the Banta Medal for Literary Achievement.

Alison Stenger is the director of research at the Institute for Archaeological Studies in Portland, Oregon. Her publications include British Impacts upon Native American Populations in the Northwest; Megafauna, Man, and Pathogens: International Travel in the Pleistocene.

Katherine McEnaney DeWall is an elementary school teacher with a background in archaeology and degrees from Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has published several articles applying Macrophysical Climate Models (MCM) to archaeo- logical questions, and is coeditor with Reid A. Bryson of A Paleoclimatology Workbook: High-Resolution, Site-Specific, Macrophysical Climate Modeling.

    Publisher’s Note
    Section A Climatology for the Field Scientist
    Chapter 1. Archaeoclimatology: An Introduction
    Chapter 2. Statewide Climate Mapping
    Section B Western Oregon
    Chapter 3. Case Study: Salem
    Chapter 4. Case Study: The Portland Basin and Lake River Region
    Chapter 5. Models for Western Oregon
    The Northwest Coast: Clatskanie, Nehalem, Newport, Seaside, St. Helens, Summit,
    and Tillamook
    The Southwest: Ashland, Brookings, Coquille City, Fern Ridge Dam, Gold Beach, Grants Pass,
    Honeyman, and Roseburg
    The Portland Basin: Portland
    The Willamette Valley: Corvallis, Eugene, McMinnville, North Willamette Experiment Station, and Stayton
    The Cascades: Bonneville Dam, Cascadia, Cottage Grove Dam, Crater Lake, Detroit Dam, Idleyld Park, Lost Creek Dam, McKenzie Bridge, Odell Lake East, and Three Lynx
    Section C The Columbia Plateau and Valleys
    Chapter 6. Case Study: Wildcat Canyon, Arlington
    Chapter 7. Models for the Columbia Plateau and Valleys
    The Plateau: Antelope, Dufur, Heppner, Kent, Metolius, Mikkalo, Monument, and Pendleton
    The Ochoco–Blue Mountains Ridge: Austin, Ironside, John Day, Mitchell, Paulina, Prineville, and Seneca
    The Northeast: Baker, Elgin, La Grande, Ukiah, and Wallowa
    The High Desert: Bend and Brothers
    Section D The Interior Basin
    Chapter 8. Case Study: Diamond Pond, Voltage Anthony H. Ruter and Reid A. Bryson
    Chapter 9: Models for the Interior Basin
    The Western Great Basin: Adel, Chemult, Fremont,
    Klamath Falls, Malin, Paisley, Sprague River, and Valley Fall
    The Eastern Great Basin: Alkali Lake, Beulah, Burns Junction, Burns WSO, Hart Mountain Refuge, McDermitt, Owyhee Dam, P Ranch Refuge, Riverside, Sheaville, Vale, and Wagontire
    Section E Storms and Rivers
    Chapter 10. Typhoons and the Middle Holocene
    Chapter 11. Case Study: River Modeling near Woodburn
    Chapter 12. Modeled River Discharge
    Deschutes at Mecca, John Day at McDonald Ferry, Molalla at Wilhoit, Owyhee at Rome, Rogue at Agness, Umpqua at Elkton, Willamette at Portland, and Willamina Creek at Willamina


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