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    Reply to the comment by MP Hijma & KM Cohen on the paper by Van de Plassche et al. (2010)
    Makaske, B. ; Hoek, W.Z. - \ 2011
    Netherlands journal of geosciences 90 (2011)1. - ISSN 0016-7746 - p. 55 - 57.
    sea - reconstruction
    Mid-Holocene water-level changes in the lower Rhine-Meuse delta (western Netherlands): implications for the reconstruction of relative mean sea-level rise, palaeoriver-gradients and coastal evolution
    Plassche, O. van de; Makaske, B. ; Hoek, W.Z. ; Konert, M. ; Plicht, J. van der - \ 2010
    Netherlands journal of geosciences 89 (2010)1. - ISSN 0016-7746 - p. 3 - 20.
    eolische afzettingen - geologie - waterstand - holoceen - zuid-holland - rivierengebied - aeolian deposits - geology - water level - holocene - zuid-holland - rivierengebied - radiocarbon age calibration - southern north-sea - cal bp - movements - area - bc
    We present a revised relative mean sea-level (MSL) curve for the Rhine-Meuse delta, western Netherlands, for the period 7900-5300 cal yr BP. The revision is based on a series of new and previously unpublished local groundwater-level index data from buried Late Glacial aeolian dunes in the lower Rhine-Meuse delta, and reinterpretation of existing data. The new index data consist of (AMS and conventional) radiocarbon dates of samples, collected from the base of peat formed on dune slopes, near Vlaardingen (21 index points), Hillegersberg (one index point), and Hardinxveld-Giessendam (10 index points). The Vlaardingen data represent the coast-nearest Rhine-Meuse delta local water-level record, which therefore is highly indicative for sea-level change. Pollen and macrofossil analysis, and dating of paired samples was carried out to assess the reliability of the groundwater-level index data. The revision of the MSL curve involves: (1) a significant (0 to >1 m) upward adjustment for the period 7900-7300 cal yr BP; (2) a downward adjustment of =0.25 m for the period 6650-5300 cal yr BP. The new data indirectly support the reliability of the part of the curve for the period 7300-6650 cal yr BP. A longitudinally fairly uniform river gradient of 2.5-3.0 cm/km in the lower Rhine-Meuse delta during the period 6650-5600 cal yr BP can be inferred from the data sets. A significant river gradient extended further towards the coastline than previously thought and it may be that also the revised MSL curve reflects river-gradient effects. An increased floodbasin effect (stronger intra-coastal tidal damping) seems to have developed in the lower Rhine-Meuse delta in de period 7500-6600 cal yr BP, and was probably a complex response to a major avulsion of the Rhine.
    Waarom verschillen de zeespiegelreconstructies voor Nederland?
    Kiden, P. ; Makaske, B. ; Plassche, O. van de - \ 2008
    Grondboor en Hamer 62 (2008)3/4. - p. 54 - 61.
    paleo-ecologie - geologie - geschiedenis - rivieren - zeespiegelschommelingen - waterstand - palaeoecology - geology - history - rivers - sea level fluctuations - water level
    Nederland had op 1 januari 1700 een primeur, namelijk met de (half)uurlijkse peiling van de waterhoogte van het IJ. Midden vorige eeuw werd de 14C dateringsmethode ontwikkeld om met deze nieuw methode de holocene zeespiegelstijging te reconstrueren. De stormramp van 1953 maakte duidelijk dat kennis van zeespiegelveranderingen van groot belang is voor de veilgiheid van Nederland
    New groundwater-level rise data from the Rhine-Meuse delta - implications for the reconstruction of Holocene relative mean sea-level rise and differential land-level movements
    Berendsen, H.J.A. ; Makaske, B. ; Plassche, O. van de; Ree, M.H.M. ; Das, S. ; Dongen, M. van; Ploumen, S. ; Schoenmakers, W. - \ 2007
    Netherlands journal of geosciences 86 (2007)4. - ISSN 0016-7746 - p. 333 - 354.
    geologie - grondwaterstand - bodemdaling - zeespiegelschommelingen - alblasserwaard - zuidhollandse eilanden - zuid-holland - geology - groundwater level - subsidence - sea level fluctuations - alblasserwaard - zuidhollandse eilanden - zuid-holland - western netherlands - flevo lagoon - evolution - bc - avulsion - deposits - coast - area
    We present new local groundwater-level rise data from two Late Glacial aeolian dunes, located near Barendrecht and Oud-Alblas in the western Rhine-Meuse delta. These data are based on AMS radiocarbon dating of terrestrial macrofossils, collected from the base of peat formed on the slopes of these dunes. This method avoids contamination of bulk peat samples by old soil carbon or younger rootlets and rhizomes, as well as the hardwater effect. The new data are used to assess the reliability of previously published groundwater-level index data based on conventional radiocarbon dating of bulk basal peat samples from the slopes of the Late Glacial aeolian dunes at Barendrecht, Hillegersberg, Bolnes and Wijngaarden, all located in the western Rhine-Meuse delta. Comparison of the new and published groundwater-level data shows no significant systematic difference between conventionally dated bulk peat samples and AMS-dated samples of terrestrial macrofossils. The new data from the dune at Barendrecht confirm the reliability of the younger than 6600 cal yr BP age-depth data from the dunes at Hillegersberg and near Bolnes. This result supports the validity of this part of the mean sea-level (MSL) curve for the western Netherlands. Consequently, the position of the groundwater-level curve for Flevoland (central Netherlands) below this MSL curve can most likely be attributed to differential land-level movement. The available data show that the groundwater-gradient effect in the western Rhine-Meuse delta became less than 5 cm/km after 6600 calyr BP. Finally, temporal correlation between temporary increases in local groundwater-level rise with known shifts of river courses in the delta plain suggests, that avulsions can explain sudden local deviations from the trend in groundwater-level rise. A general conclusion of this study is that a complex relationship exists between sea level and local delta-plain water levels.
    Water-level changes in the Flevo area, central Netherlands (5300-1500 BC): implications for relative mean sea-level rise in the Western Netherlands
    Plassche, O. van de; Bohncke, S.J.P. ; Makaske, B. ; Plicht, J. van der - \ 2005
    Quaternary International 133-134 (2005). - ISSN 1040-6182 - p. 77 - 93.
    holocene evolution - calibration - lagoon - coast
    The younger (post 4000 cal BC) part of the water-level curve for the eastern Flevo area, central Netherlands runs below the relative mean sea-level (MSL) curve for the western and northern Netherlands (Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst 36(1) (1982) 93pp). We investigated if this difference can be attributed to (i) root rejuvenation of the bulk-dated basal peat samples on which the curve for the eastern Flevo area is based and/or (ii) underestimation of the water depth in which the dated peat accumulated. It appears that these potential sources of error did not influence significantly the results obtained by Roeleveld and Gotjé (De Holocene laagveenontwikkeling in de randzone van de Nederlandse kustvlakte (Noordoostpolder), unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 1993, pp. 76¿86). On the basis of new and recently published water-level data from the eastern and southwestern Flevo area we confirm, refine, and tentatively extend the water-level rise reconstruction by Roeleveld and Gotjé and establish a relative MSL-trend curve for the central Netherlands. The systematic age differences of our radiocarbon dates on various fractions of four new basal peat samples from the eastern Flevo area support the interpretation by Roeleveld and Gotjé that the younger part of the 1982-MSL curve may be based on basal peat samples (all from the Rotterdam area), that have been dated 100¿200 yr too old. If this interpretation is correct, the fact that the relative MSL curve for the central Netherlands lies below the 1982-MSL curve cannot be interpreted to indicate less crustal subsidence for the Rhine-Meuse delta, as predicted by geophysical modeling (J. Quat. Sci. 17 (2002) 535).
    Leaf traits and herbivory rates of tropical tree species differing in successional status.
    Poorter, L. ; Plassche, M. van de; Willems, S. ; Boot, R.G.A. - \ 2004
    Plant Biology 6 (2004)6. - ISSN 1435-8603 - p. 746 - 754.
    rain-forest trees - papua-new-guinea - life-span - chemical-composition - construction costs - light environment - canopy gaps - plant - growth - area
    We evaluated leaf characteristics and herbivory intensities for saplings of fifteen tropical tree species differing in their successional position. Eight leaf traits were selected, related to the costs of leaf display (specific leaf area [SLA], water content), photosynthesis (N and P concentration per unit mass), and herbivory defence (lignin concentration, C:N ratio). We hypothesised that species traits are shaped by variation in abiotic and biotic (herbivory) selection pressures along the successional gradient. All leaf traits varied with the successional position of the species. The SLA, water content and nutrient concentration decreased, and lignin concentration increased with the successional position. Herbivory damage (defined as the percentage of damage found at one moment in time) varied from 0.9-8.5% among the species, but was not related to their successional position. Herbivory damage appeared to be a poor estimator of the herbivory rate experienced by species, due to the confounding effect of leaf lifespan. Herbivory rate (defined as percentage leaf area removal per unit time) declined with the successional position of the species. Herbivory rate was only positively correlated to water content, and negatively correlated to lignin concentration, suggesting that herbivores select leaves based upon their digestibility rather than upon their nutritive value. Surprisingly, most species traits change linearly with succession, while resource availability (light, nutrients) declines exponentially with succession.
    Relative water-level rise in the Flevo lagoon (The Netherlands), 5300-2000 cal. yr BC: an evaluation of new and existing basal peat time-depth data
    Makaske, B. ; Smeerdijk, D.G. van; Peeters, H. ; Mulder, J.R. ; Spek, T. - \ 2003
    Netherlands journal of geosciences 82 (2003)2. - ISSN 0016-7746 - p. 115 - 131.
    grondwaterstand - veengronden - radiokoolstofdatering - nederland - geschiedenis - bodemdaling - holoceen - flevoland - zeespiegelschommelingen - veenweiden - groundwater level - subsidence - peat soils - radiocarbon dating - history - netherlands - sea level fluctuations - holocene - flevoland - peat grasslands - holocene evolution - reconstruction
    In this study, all available 14C dates from the base of basal peat overlying the top of compaction-free Pleistocene sand in the former Flevo lagoon were evaluated in order to reconstruct water-level rise for the period 5300-2000 cal. yr BC
    The rise of Holocene (ground)water level as a function of relative sea-level rise has been extensively investigated in the western Netherlands, whereas few studies focused on the Flevo lagoon in the central Netherlands. In this study, all available C-14 dates from the base of basal peat overlying the top of compaction-free Pleistocene sand in the former Flevo lagoon were evaluated in order to reconstruct water-level rise for the period 5300-2000 cal. yr BC. The present basal peat C-14 data set from Flevoland consists of two subsets: (1) the largely new Almere data (41 dates) representing the southern part of the former Flevo lagoon, with 26 dates especially carried out for this study, and (2) the existing Schokland data (21 dates) representing the eastern part of the lagoon. The Schokland area is located about 50 km from the Almere area. The quality of all basal peat time-depth data was palaeo-ecologically and geologically evaluated, all C-14 dates were calibrated to the same standards, and error margins of age and altitude determination were estimated. After plotting the data as error boxes in time-depth graphs, lower limit curves for water-level rise were constructed for both data sets. Comparison with the mean sea-level curve for The Netherlands (Van de Plassche, 1982) suggests that water-level rise in the Almere area between 5300 and 2000 cal. yr BC corresponded closely to the rise in mean sea level. The same holds for the Schokland area for the period 5000-4200 cal. yr BC. For the period 4200-2000 cal. yr BC, however, the Schokland data suggest water-level rise to have been slower than mean sea-level rise, leading to local water levels apparently below mean sea level, which is virtually impossible. Hypothetical explanations for this discrepancy include: errors and uncertainties in mean sea-level and local water-level reconstruction, basin subsidence and temporal differences in intra-coastal tidal damping. The presently available data are inconclusive at this point and Holocene water-level rise in the Flevo lagoon awaits further investigations.
    Manual for performing risk assessments for persistent organic pollutants in terrestrial ecosystems; guidelines for critical limits, calculatioon methods and input data
    Bakker, D.J. ; Vries, W. de; Plassche, E.J. van de; Pul, W.A.J. van - \ 1998
    Unknown Publisher - 90 p.
    Manual for performing risk assessments for persistent organic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems; guidelines for critical limits, calculatioon methods and input data
    Bakker, D.J. ; Vries, W. de; Plassche, E.J. van de; Pul, W.A.J. van - \ 1998
    Unknown Publisher - 90 p.
    Development of otter-based quality objectives for PCBs (DOQOP): overview of the project in view of the environmental policy aims.
    Weiden, M. van der; Hendriks, A.J. ; Klein, M.H.J. ; Leonards, P.E.G. ; Smit, M. ; Murk, A.J. ; Plassche, E. van de; Crommentuijn, T. ; Luttik, R. ; Hattum, B. van - \ 1996
    Organohalogen Compounds 29 (1996). - ISSN 1026-4892 - p. 126 - 131.
    Het gebruik van professiogrammen voor de agrarische sector
    Schilden, M. van der; Plassche, W. van de; Velden, J. van der - \ 1992
    Wageningen : IMAG-DLO [etc.] - 16
    landbouw - analyse - tuinbouw - functiespecificatie - arbeid (werk) - werk - werkplanning - arbeidskunde - agriculture - analysis - horticulture - job specification - labour - work - work planning - work study
    Verslag Zeeland's proeftuin te Wilhelminadorp : ter gelegenheid van het 25 - jarig bestaan der vereeniging, 1902 - 1927
    Plassche, A.W. van de - \ 1927
    Goes : Zeeland's proeftuin - 52
    proefstations - fruitteelt - onderzoek - onderzoeksinstituten - nederland - zeeland - experimental stations - fruit growing - research - research institutes - netherlands
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