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Published articles


171. Thompson, Roy (August 2023) International climate targets are achievable, but only in models. 2023, in Perspectives and Controversies The Anthropocene Review. open access


170. Thompson, R., Croll, feedback mechanisms, climate change and the future, Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 112.3-4, 287-304. Draft

169. Thompson, R., Unmasking South Edinburgh’s hidden gems. Clarion, Spring 2021, No 73, p14. Edinburgh’s hidden gems


168. Thompson, R., Peak oil, flowering curves and the COVID-19 pandemic, Edinburgh Geologist Issue No 68 – Autumn 2020, 11-18. Edinburgh Geologist Peak Oil
167. Thompson, R., Letter to the editor. ‘Edinburgh right to take another look at imposing congestion charge’, The Scotsman Newspaper, January 2020. Congestion charge


166. Thompson, Roy (2017) Clydeforth: Scotland’s megalopolis? The Geographer, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Summer 2018, p29. Clydeforth


165. Thompson, Roy (2017) Interview “Twilight Years” with Julian Turner, Offshore Technology December 2017. Twilight

164. Thompson, Roy (2017) Discussion on “Can fracking, for gas and oil, power the Scottish economy?”, The Edinburgh Geologist, 62, Discussion, 5-7. Discussion

163. Thompson, Roy (2017) Can fracking, for gas and oil, power the Scottish economy?, The Edinburgh Geologist, 62, 20-27. Edinburgh Geologist

162. Thompson, R., Letter to the editor. ‘Waiting game’, The Times Newspaper, February 2017. To frack or not to frack?

161. Thompson, Roy (2017) Old and new ideas inform the climate debate. The Geographer, Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Winter 2016-17, p18 (ISSN 0951-2136). Geographer archive


160. Thompson, Roy (2016) Whither climate change post-Paris? Anthropocene Review (First published on October 31, 2016) doi:10.1177/2053019616676607 Article and Abstract


159. Thompson, Roy (2015) Climate sensitivity. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh / Volume 106 / Issue 01 / December 2015, pp 1 – 10. DOI: 10.1017/S1755691015000213, Published online: 08 December 2015 Link to this article: EESTRSE


158. Maher, Barbara and Thompson, Roy (2012) Oxygen isotopes from Chinese caves: records not of monsoon rainfall but circulation regime. Journal of Quaternary Science. ISSN 0267-8179 (First published online: 29 MAY 2012) PDF

157. Roy Thompson, R. Malcolm Clark, Geoffrey S. Boulton Core Correlation, in Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research Volume 5, 2012, pp 415-430 Tracking Environmental Change Using Lake Sediments: Data Handling and Numerical Techniques: Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research Volume 5 2012 Editors: H. John B. Birks, André F. Lotter, Steve Juggins, John P. Smol PDF


156. Roy Thompson, 2011, The relationship of the phase and amplitude of the annual cycle of CO2 to phenological events, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Volume 4, Issue 2-3, pages 213-226. PDF

155. Robert M. Clark & Roy Thompson, 2011, Sampling bias in the determination of first and last occurrences, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Volume 4, Issue 2-3, pages 201-211. PDF

154. Robert M. Clark & Roy Thompson, 2011, Estimation and comparison of flowering curves, Plant Ecology & Diversity, Volume 4, Issue 2-3, pages 189-200. PDF erratum


153. F Oldfield, R W. Battarbee, J F. Boyle, N G. Cameron, B Davis,R P. Evershed, A D. McGovern, V Jones, R Thompson, R Walker, 2010, Terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem responses to late Holocene climate change recorded in the sediments of Lochan Uaine, Cairngorms, Scotland, Quaternary Science Reviews PDF

152. R.M. Clark and Thompson R. (2010) Predicting the impact of global warming on the timing of spring flowering. International Journal of Climatology. Volume 30, Issue 11, 1599-1613 PDF


151. C. J. Curtis, S. Juggins, G. Clarke, R. W. Battarbee, M. Kernan, J. Catalan, R. Thompson and M. Posch, 2009. Regional influence of acid deposition and climate change in European mountain lakes assessed using diatom transfer functions. Freshwater Biology, 54, 12, 2555-2572. PDF

150. R Thompson, M. Ventura and L. Camarero, 2009, On the climate and weather of mountain and sub-arctic lakes in Europe and their susceptibility to future climate change, Special Issue on European high mountain lakes (“EMERGE”) in Freshwater Biology, 54,Issue 12, pages 2433–2451. PDF


149. Garcia-Pausas J., Casals P., Camarero L., Huguet C., Thompson R., Sebastià M.T., Romanyà, J. 2008. Factors regulating carbon mineralization in the surface and subsurface soils of Pyrenean mountain grasslands Soil Biology and Biochemistry 40:2803–2810 PDF

148. R Thompson, C Kamenik, R Schmidt, S Pla, M Rieradevall and J Catalan, 2008. Testing a new multigroup inference approach to reconstructing past environmental conditions J. Limnol., 67(2): 155-162, 2008. PDF

147. R.C. Chiverrell, F. Oldfield, P.G. Appleby, D. Barlow, E. Fisher, R. Thompson, G. Wolff, 2008. Evidence for changes in Holocene sediment flux in Semer Water and Raydale, North Yorkshire, UK, Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2007.04.035 PDF

146. Battarbee, Richard W., H. John B. Birks, Keith E. Barber, Roy Thompson, John A. Dearing, and John A. Matthews, 2008. Frank Oldfield and his contributions to environmental change research. The Holocene 2008 18: 3-17. PDF

145. Thompson R. and R.M. Clark. 2008. Is spring starting earlier? The Holocene 2008 18: 95-104. PDF


144. Kettle H, and R Thompson. 2007. ‘Future Climate Predictions’ in Lochnagar: The Natural History of a Mountain Lake. Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research (DPER) Volume 12. PDF

143. Thompson R, H Kettle, DT Monteith and NL Rose. 2007. ‘Lochnagar water-temperatures, climate and weather’ in Lochnagar: The Natural History of a Mountain Lake. Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research (DPER) Volume 12. PDF

142. Garcia-Pausas J., Casals P., Camarero L., Huguet C., Sebastià M. T., Thompson R., Romanyà J. 2007. Soil organic carbon storage in mountain grasslands of the Pyrenees: effects of climate and topography. Biogeochemistry, 82: 279-289. PDF


141.Thompson R. and Clark, R.M., 2006 Spatio-temporal modelling and assessment of within-species phenological variability using thermal time methods, International Journal of Biometeorology. 50(5) 312-322. PDF Corrigendum


140. R. Thompson, C. Kamenik and R. Schmidt 2005 Ultra-sensitive Alpine lakes and climate change. Journal of Limnology 64(2), 139-152. PDF

139. Kamenik. C., A. Agusti-Panareda, P. G. Appleby, J. A. Dearing, E. M. Shilland, F. Sporka, E. Stefkova & R. Thompson 2005. Paleolimnological evidence for atmospheric pollution, climate and catchment-related changes in alpine chrysophyte stomatocyst assemblages (Tatra, Slovakia), Nova Hedwigia, Beiheft 128, 275-294.

138. R. Thompson, D. Price, N. Cameron, V. Jones, C. Bigler, P. Rosén, R.I. Hall, J. Catalan, J. Garcia, J. Weckstrom and A. Korhola, 2005. Quantitative Calibration of Remote Mountain-lake Sediments as Climatic Recorders of Air Temperature and Ice-cover duration. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research Vol. 37, No. 4, 626-635. PDF

137. Thompson, R., Letter to the editor. ‘Edinburgh – The New Reekie’, The Scotsman newspaper, 11 February August 2005.

136. Dalton, C., R. Thompson et al., 2005. A multi-proxy study of lake-development in response to catchment changes during the Holocene at Lochnagar, north-east Scotland. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 221(3-4): 175-201. PDF


135. G.H. Harper, D.G. Mann and R.Thompson, 2004. Phenological monitoring at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Sibbaldia – No 2. 33-45. PDF

134. Thompson, R. and Green, D. N., 2004, Mediterranean precipitation and its relationship with sea level pressure patterns. Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 47 (5) 1617-1633. PDF

133. Crook, D.S., Siddle, D.J., Dearing, J.A. and Thompson, R. (2004) Human Impact on the Environment in the Annecy Petit Lac catchment, Haute-Savoie: A documentary approach. Environment and History, 10, 3, 247-284. PDF

132. F. Oldfield and R. Thompson. 2004. Archives and Proxies along the PEP III Transect; In ‘Past Climate Variability through Europe and Africa’ Series: Developments in Paleoenvironmental Research, Vol. 6 Battarbee, Richard W.; Gasse, Françoise; Stickley, Catherine E. (Eds.) Dordrecht, the Netherlands, Kluwer Academic Publishers. Book Chapter or PDF

131. Clark R.M. and R. Thompson 2004. Botanical records reveal changing seasons in a warming world, Australasian Science (October) 37-39. ABS PDF

130. N Rose, D Monteith, H Kettle, R Thompson, D Muir, H Yang. 2004. A consideration of potential confounding factors limiting chemical and biologocal recovery at Lochnagar, a remote mountain loch in Scotland. Journal of Limnology. Vol. 63 (1) : p63-76. PDF

129. H Kettle and R Thompson. 2004. Statistical downscaling in European mountains: verification of air temperature reconstructions. Climate Research. Vol. 26 (2) : p97-112 PDF

128. Kettle, Helen, Roy Thompson, N. John Anderson, and David M. Livingstone. Empirical modeling of summer lake surface temperatures in southwest Greenland. Limnology and Oceanography. 49(1), 2004 PDF


127. GC Foster, JA Dearing, RT Jones, DS Crook, DJ Siddle, AM Harvey, PA James, PG Appleby, R Thompson, J Nicholson and J-L Loizeau 2003 Meteorological and land use controls on past and present hydro-geomorphic processes in the pre-alpine environment: an integrated lake-catchment study at the Petit Lac d’Annecy, France.Hydrological Processes 17, 3287-3305. PDF

126. Jones P.D. and Thompson R. Instrumental records. In Mackay, A.W., Battarbee, R.W., Birks, H.J.B. & Oldfield, F. (Eds.) (2003) Global Change in the Holocene. Publisher: Arnold, London


125. Sorvari, S. Korhola, A. & Thompson, R. (2002). Lake diatom response to recent Arctic warming in Finnish Lapland. Global Change Biology 8: 153-163. PDF

124. Crook, D.S., Siddle, D.J., Jones, R.T., Dearing, J.A., Foster, G.C. and Thompson, R., 2002. Forestry and flooding in the Annecy Petit Lac Basin, 1730-2000. Environment and History. 8, 403-422. PDF

123. Peters, C., Thompson, R., Harrison, A. and Church, M., 2002. Low temperature magnetic characterisation of fire ash residues, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 27, 1355-1361. PDF

122. Schmidt, R., Koinig K.A., Thompson R. and Kamenik K., 2002. A multi proxy core study of the last 7,000 years of climate and alpine land-use on an Austrian mountain lake (Unterer Landschitzsee, Niedere Tauern). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 187 101-120. PDF

121. Battarbee, R. W., Grytnes, J.A., Thompson, R., Appleby, P.G., Catalan, J., Korhola, A., Birks, H.J.B., Heegaard, E. and Lami, A., 2002. Comparing paleolimnological and instrumental evidence of climate change for remote mountain lakes over the last 200 years. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28, 1; p.161-179. PDF

120. Koinig, K. A., Kamenik, C., Schmidt, R., Agusti-Panareda, A., Appleby, P., Lami, A., Prazakova, M., Rose, N., Schnell, X.A., Tessadri, R., Thompson, R. and Psenner, R., 2002. Environmental changes in an alpine lake (Gossenkvllesee, Austria) over the last two centuries- the influence of air temperature on biological parameters. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28, 1; p. 147-160. PDF

119. Catalan, J., Pla, S., Rieradevall, M., Felip, M., Buchaca, T., Camarero, L., Brancelj, S., Appleby, P.G., Lami, A., Grytnes, J.A., Agustm-Panareda, A. and Thompson, R., 2002. Lake Redo ecosystem response to an increasing warming in the Pyrenees during the twentieth century. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28, 1; p. 129-145. PDF

118. Sporka, F., Stefkova, E., Bitusik, P., Thompson, R., Agusti-Panareda, A., Appleby, P.G., Grytnes, J.A., Kamenik, C., Krno, I., Lami, A., Rose, N. and Shilland, N.E. The paleolimnological analysis of sediments from high mountain lake Nizne Terianske Pleso in the High Tatras (Slovakia). 2002. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28, 1; p. 95-109. PDF

117. Agusti-Panareda, A. and Thompson, R., 2002. Reconstructing air temperature at eleven remote alpine and arctic lakes in Europe from 1781 to 1997 AD. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28, 1; p. 7-23. PDF

116. Battarbee, R.W., Thompson, R., Catalan, J., Grytnes, J.A. and Birks, H.J.B., 2002. Climate variability and ecosystem dynamics of remote alpine arctic lakes: the MOLAR project. Journal of Paleolimnology, 28, 1; p. 1-6. PDF

115. Dalton, C.P.D., Battarbee. R.W., Birks, H.J.B., Brooks, S.J., Cameron, N.G., Derrick, S., Evershed, R.P., McGovern, A., Peglar, S.M., Scott, J.A. and Thompson, R., 2002. Climate history through the Holocene at Lochnager, Scotland. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 1013, 159. PDF


114. Battarbee, R.W., Cameron, N.G. Golding, P., Brooks, S.J., Switsur, R., Harkness, D., Appleby, P.G., Oldfield, F., Thompson, R., Monteith, D.T. & McGovern, A. 2001. Evidence for Holocene climate variability from the sediments of a Scottish remote mountain lake. Journal of Quaternary Science. 16, 339-346. PDF

113. Kamenik, C., Schmidt, R., Koinig, K.A., Agusti-Panareda, A., Thompson, R. and Psenner, R., 2001. The chrysophyte stomatocyst composition in a high alpine lake (Gossenkvllesee, Tyrol) in relation to seasonality, temperature and land-use. Beih. Nova Hedwigia 122: 1-22.


112. Maher, B.A., Hounslow, M.W. and Thompson, R., 2000. Introduction to Quaternary Climates and Magnetism, in Maher and Thompson (eds.) ‘ Quaternary Climates and Magnetism ‘ Cambridge University Press. 2000. P. 1-48.

111. Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R., 2000. Palaeomonsoons I: the magnetic record of palaeoclimate in the terrestrial loess and palaeosol sequences, in Maher and Thompson (eds.) ‘ Quaternary Climates and Magnetism ‘ Cambridge University Press. 2000. p. 81-125.

110. Kamenik, C., Koinig, Ka., Schmidt, R., Appleby, P., Dearing, J., Lami, A,, Thompson, R., and Psenner, R., 2000. Eight hundred years of environmental changes in a high Alpine lake (Gossenkollesee, Tyrol) inferred from sediment records. J Limnol 59 (suppl): 43-52. PDF

109. D.N. Barlow and Thompson, R., 2000. Holocene sediment erosion in Britain as calculated from lake-basin studies in ‘Tracers in Geomorphology‘ (Ed I.D. Foster) J Wiley & Sons: Chichester. Book chapter

108. B. Ortega-Guerrero, Thompson, R. and J.U. Fucugauchi, 2000. Magnetic properties of lake sediments from Lake Chalco, central Mexico, and their environmental implications. J. Quaternary Science, 15, 127-140. PDF

107. Agusti-Panareda, A. Thompson, R. and D.M. Livingstone, 2000. Reconstructing temperature variations at high elevation lake sites in Europe during the instrumental period. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol., 27(1), 479-483. PDF

106. Barber, K.E., Maddy, D., Rose, N., Stevenson, A.C., Stoneman, R.E. and Thompson, R., 2000. Replicated proxy-climate signals over the last 2000 years from two distant UK peat bogs: new evidence for regional palaeoclimate teleconnections. Quaternary Science Reviews, 19, 481-487. PDF


105. Thompson, R. A time-series analysis of the changing seasonality of precipitation in the British Isles and neighbouring areas. J. Hydrology, 1999, 224, 169-183. PDF

104. Peters, C. and Thompson, R., 1999. Supermagnetic enhancement, superparamagnetism and archaeological soils, Geoarchaeology, 14, 5, 401-413. PDF

103. Barber, K.E., Battarbee, R.W., Brooks, S.J., Eglinton, G., Haworth, E.Y., Oldfield, F., Stevenson, A.C., Thompson, R., Appleby, P., Austin, W.N., Cameron, N., Ficken, K.J., Golding, P., Harkness, D.D., Holmes, J., Hutchinson, R., Lishman, J.P., Maddy, D., Pinder, L.C.V., Rose, N. and Stoneman, R., 1999. Proxy records of climate change in the UK over the last two millennia: documented change and sedimentary records from lakes and bogs. Journal of the Geological Society, 156, 369-380. PDF


102. Peters, C. and Thompson, R., 1998. Magnetic identification of selected natural iron oxides and sulphides, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 183, 365-374. PDF


101. Oldfield, F., Crooks, P.R.J., Gedye, S.J., Hall, V.A., Harkness, D.D., Housley, R.A., McCormac, F.G., Newton, A.J., Pilcher, J.R., Renberg, I., Richardson, N., and Thompson, R., 1997. Radiocarbon dating of a recent high-latitude peat profile: Stor Amyran, northern Sweden. Holocene 7: (3) 283-290. PDF

100. Thompson, R., Letter to the editor. ‘Evidence for real risk of global warming, The Scotsman newspaper, 23 August 1997. PDF


99. Shankar, R. Thompson, R. and Pratash, T.A., 1996. Estimation of heavy and opaque mineral contents of beach and offshore placers using rock magnetic techniques. Geo-Marine Letters, 16, 313-318. PDF

98. Shankar, R., Thompson, R. and Galloway, R.B., 1996. Magnetic-radiometric monitoring of particulate pollution from Kudremukh iron ore mines, Karnataka, J. Geological Society of India, 48, 349-352. PDF


97. Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R., 1995. Palaeorainfall reconstructions from pedogenic magnetic susceptibility variations in the Chinese loess and paleosols. Quaternary Research, 44, 383-391. PDF

96. Thompson, R. and Maher, B.A., 1995. Age models, sediment fluxes and palaeoclimatic reconstructions for the Chinese loess and palaeosol sequences. Geophysical J. International. 123, 611-622. PDF

95. Thompson, R. and Cameron, T.D.J., 1995. A palaeomagnetic study of Cenozoic sediments in North Sea boreholes: an example of a magnetostratigraphic conundrum in a hydrocarbon-producing area. in J Geol. Soc. Lond. Special Publication No. 98, Palaeomagnetic applications in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production, (eds, Turner, P. and Turner, A.) 223-238. PDF

94. Thompson, R., 1995. Complex demodulation and the estimation of the changing continentality of Europe’s climate. International Journal of Climatology, 15-2, 175-185. PDF


93. Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R., 1994. Pedogenesis and paleoclimate: interpretation of the magnetic susceptibility record of chinese loess-paleosol sequences: comments and reply, Geology, Sept, 857-856.

92. Maher, B.A., Li.Ping, Z., and Thompson, R., 1994. Reconstruction of palaeoprecipitation values for the Chinese loess plateau from proxy magnetic data, in Palaeoclimate of the last glacial/interglacial cycle ed. B.M. Funnell and R.L.F. Kay, Spec Pub. 94/2 ISBN 1 85531 123 2, 33-36. PDF

91. Thompson, R. with Oldfield and eight others, 1994. The geochronology of the last millennium, in Palaeoclimate of the last glacial/interglacial cycle ed. B.M. Funnell and R.L.F. Kay, Spec Pub. 94/2 ISBN 1 85531 123 2, 79-82. PDF

90. Shankar, R., Thompson, R. and Galloway, R.B., 1994. Sediment source modelling: unmixing of artificial magnetisation and natural radioactivity measurements Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 126,411-420. PDF

89. Maher, B.A., Zhou, L.P. and Thompson, R., 1994. Spatial and temporal reconstructions of changes in the Asian palaeomonsoon: A new mineral magnetic approach, Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 125, 461-471. PDF


88. Alexander, I., Kroon, D. and Thompson, R., 1993. Late Quaternary paleoenvironmental change on the northeast Australian margin as evidenced in oxygen isotope stratigraphy, mineral magnetism, and sedimentology, in Proceedings of the ocean drilling program, Scientific results, vol. 133, (eds McKenzie, J.A., Davies, P,J, et al.) 129-161.

87. Thompson, R. and Clark, R.M., 1993. Quantitative marine sediment core matching using a modified sequence-slotting algorithm. in J. Geol. Soc. Lond. Special Publication No. 70, High Resolution Stratigraphy, (eds, Hailwood, E.A. and Kidd, R.B.) pp 39-49.PDF


86. Thompson, R., Cameron T.D.J., Schwarz, C., Jensen, K.A., Maenhaut van Lemberge, V. and Sha, L.P., 1992. The magnetic properties of Quaternary and Tertiary sediments in the southern North Sea, J. Quaternary Science, 7, 319-334. PDF

85. Snowball, I. and Thompson, R., 1992. A mineral magnetic study of Holocene sediment yields and deposition patterns in the Llyn Gerionydd catchment, North Wales. The Holocene, 2,3, 238-248. PDF

84. Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R., 1992. Reply to Letter to the Editor by Clemens and Prell, Quaternary Research, 38, 268.

83. Farquharson, C.G. and Thompson, R., 1992. The Blairgowrie magnetic anomaly and its interpretation using simplex optimization. Trans R. Soc. Edinburgh, 83, 509-518. PDF

82. Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R., 1992. Paleoclimatic significance of the mineral magnetic record of the Chinese loess and paleosols. Quaternary Research, 37, 155-170. PDF


81. Thompson, R., 1991. Palaeomagnetic dating in (Eds.Smart , P.D., Frances, P.D.) Quaternary Dating Methods – A User’s Guide , Quaternary Reserach Association Technical Guide No. 4. 177-194. PDF

80. Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R., 1991. Mineral magnetic record of the Chinese loess and paleosols. Geology, 19, 3-6. PDF


79. Sandgren, P. and Risberg, J. and Thompson, R., 1990. Magnetic susceptibility in sediment records of Lake Adran, eastern Sweden: correlation among cores and interpretation. J. Paleolimnology, 3, 129-141. PDF

78. Sandgren, P. and Thompson, R., 1990. Mineral magnetic characteristics of podzolic solids developed on sand dunes in the Late Gosciag catchement, central Poland. Phys. Earth Planet Ints. 60, 297-313. PDF

77. Snowball, I. and Thompson, R., 1990. A mineral magnetic study of Holocene sedimentation in Lough Catherine, Northern Ireland. Boreas, 19, 127-146. PDF

76. Snowball, I. and Thompson, R., 1990. A stable chemical remanence in Holocene sediments. J. Geophys. Res., 95, 4471-4479. PDF


75. Thompson R., 1989. Westward Drift in Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics, (D.E. James, Ed.) Van Nostrand: New York, 507-511.

74. Thompson R. and Clark, R.M., 1989. Sequence slotting for stratigraphic correlation between cores: theory and practice. J. Palaeolimnology, 2, 173-184. PDF

73. Gordon, A.D., Clark, R.M. and Thompson, R., 1988. The use of constraints in sequence slotting. In: Data Analysis and Informatics V (E. Diday et al. eds) North Holland: Amsterdam, 353-364. PDF

72. Thompson, R., 1988. A progress report on a least squares regression mineral magnetic modelling programme. Environmental Magnetism Newsletter, 3, 1-7. PDF

71. Snowball, I. and Thompson, R., 1988. The occurrence of greigite in sediments from Loch Lomond. J. Quat. Sci., 3, 121-125. PDF

70. Thompson, R. and Prentice, M.J., 1987. An alternative method of calculating finite plate rotations. Phys. Earth Planet. Ints., 48, 79-83. PDF

69. Thompson, R., Bradshaw, R.H.W. and Whitley, J.E., 1986. The distribution of ash in Icelandic lake sediments and the relative importance of mixing and erosion processes. J. Quat. Sci., 1, 3-11. PDF

68. Hirons, K.R. and Thompson, R., 1986. The palaeoenvironmental application of magnetic measurements from interdrumlin hollow lake sediments near Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland. Boreas, 15, 117-135. PDF

67. Thompson, R., 1986. Modelling magnetization data using SIMPLEX. Phys. Earth Planet. Ints., 42, 113-127. PDF

66. Thompson, R., Palaeomagnetic dating, 1986, in `Handbook of Palaeoecology and Palaeohydrology‘ Ed. B.E. Berglund, J. Wiley and Sons Ltd., 313-327.

65. Bradshaw, R. and Thompson, R., 1985. The use of magnetic measurements to investigate the mineralogy of Icelandic lake sediments and to study catchment processes, Boreas, 14, 203-215. PDF

64. Edwards, K.J., Baillie, M.G.L., Pilcher, R., Hirons, K. and Thompson, R, 1985. Chronology: Chapter 12 in `The Quaternary History of Ireland‘, 279-308.

63. Thompson, R. and Turner, G.M., 1985. Icelandic Holocene palaeolimnomagnetism. Phys. Earth Planet. Ints., 38, 250-261. PDF

62. Thompson, R., Turner, G.M., Stiller, M. and Kaufman, A., 1985. Near East palaeomagnetic secular variation recorded in sediments from the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret). Quat. Res., 23, 175-188. PDF

61. Thompson, R., 1984. Geomagnetic evolution: 400 years of change on planet Earth. Phys. Earth Planet. Ints., 36, 61-77. PDF

60. Clark, R.M. and Thompson, R., 1984. Statistical comparison of palaeomagnetic directional records from lake sediments. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 76, 337-368. PDF

59. Thompson, R., 1984. A global review of palaeomagnetic results from wet lake sediments. In `Lake sediments and environmental history‘. Eds. E.Y. Haworth and J.W.G. Lund, Leicester University Press: Leicester, 145-164.

58. Edwards, K.J. and Thompson, R., 1984. Magnetic, palynological and radiocarbon correlation and dating comparisons in long cores from a Northern Irish lake, Catena, 11, 83-89. PDF

57. Thompson, R., 1983. 14C dating and magnetostratigraphy. Radiocarbon, 25, 229-238. PDF

56. Thompson, R., 1983. Global Holocene magnetostratigraphy. Hydrobiologia, 103, 45-51. PDF

55. Thompson, R. and Edwards, K.J., 1982. A Holocene palaeomagnetic record and a geomagnetic master curve from Ireland. Boreas, 11, 335-349. PDF

54. Thompson, R. and Barraclough, D.R., 1982. Geomagnetic secular variation based on spherical harmonic and cross validation analyses of historical and archaeomagnetic data. J. Geomag. Geoelectr., 34, 245-263. PDF

53. Turner, G.M. and Thompson, R., 1982. Detransformation of the British geomagnetic secular variation record for Holocene times. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 70, 789-792. PDF

52. Thompson, R., 1982. A comparison of geomagnetic secular variation as recorded by historical, archaeomagnetic and palaeomagnetic measurements. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond., A306, 103-112. PDF

51. Thompson, R. and Clark, R.M., 1982. A robust least squares Gondwanan apparent polar wander path and the question of palaeomagnetic assessment of Gondwanan reconstructions. Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 57, 152-158. PDF

50. Thompson, R. and Clark, R.M., 1981. Fitting polar wander paths. Phys. Earth and Planet. Int., 27, 1-7. PDF

49. Oldfield, F., Thompson, R. and Dickson, D.P.E., 1981. Artificial magnetic enhancement of stream bedload: a hydrological application of superparamagnetism. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 26, 107-124. PDF

48. Oldfield, F., Thompson, R. and Tolonen, K., 1981. History of particulate atmospheric pollution from magnetic measurements in dated Finnish peat profiles. Ambio, 10, 4, 185-188. PDF

47. Turner, G.M. and Thompson, R., 1981. Lake sediment record of the geomagnetic secular variation in Britain during Holocene times. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 65, 703-725.

46. Clark, R.M. and Thompson, R.,1980. Authors’ reply to a comment on `An objective method for smoothing palaeomagnetic data’. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 60, 315-317.

45. Thompson, R., 1980. Letter to the Editor, Use of the word “Influx” in palaeolimnological studies. Quaternary Research, 14, 269-270. PDF

44. Oldfield, F. and Appleby, P.G. and Thompson, R., 1980. Palaeoecological studies of lakes in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. J. Ecol., 68, 457-477. PDF

43. Thompson, R., Bloemendal, J., Dearing, J.A., Oldfield, F., Rummery, T.A., Stober, J.C. and Turner, G.M., 1980. Environmental Applications of Magnetic Measurements. Science, 207, 481-486.


42. Oldfield, F. and Thompson, R., 1979. Geomagnetic polarity measurements from Pleistocene deposits in Southwest France and their chronological implications. Geol. J., 14, Part 2, 117-126. PDF

41. Oldfield, F. and Brown, A. and Thompson, R., 1979. The effect of microtopography and vegetation on the catchment of airborne particles measured by remanent magnetism. Quaternary Research, 12, 326-332. PDF

40. Walling, D.E., Peart, M.R., Oldfield, F. and Thompson, R., 1979. Suspended sediment sources identified by magnetic measurements. Nature, 281, 110-113. PDF

39. Scoullos, M., Oldfield, F. and Thompson, R., 1979. Magnetic monitoring of marine particulate pollution in the Elefsis Gulf, Greece, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 10, 287-291. PDF

38. Thompson, R. and Morton, D.J., 1979. Magnetic susceptibility and particle-size distribution in recent sediments of the Loch Lomond drainage basin, Scotland. J. Sed. Pet., 49, 801-812. PDF

37. Thompson, R., 1979. Palaeomagnetic correlation and dating of palaeohydrological changes in the temperate zone in the last 15000 years ed. B.E. Berglund IGCP, 158B, part 2, 39-59.

36. Rummery, T.A., Bloemendal, J., Dearing, J., Oldfield, F. and Thompson, R., 1979. The persistence of fire induced magnetic oxides in soils and lake sediments. Annals de Geophysique, 35, 103-107.

35. Stober, J.C. and Thompson, R., 1979. An investigation into the source of magnetic minerals in some Finnish lake sediments. Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 45, 464-474. PDF

34. Thompson, R. and Turner, G.M., 1979. British geomagnetic master curves 10,000-0 yr B.P. for dating European sediments. Geophysical Research Letters, 6, 249-252. PDF

33. Longworth, G., Becker, L.W., Thompson, R., Oldfield, F., Dearing, J.A. and Rummery, T.A., 1979. Mossbauer effect and magnetic studies of secondary iron oxides in soils. J. Soil Sci., 30, 93-110. PDF

32. Clark, R.M. and Thompson, R., 1979. A new statistical approach to the alignment of time series. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 58, 593-607. PDF

31. Stober, J.C. and Thompson, R., 1979. Magnetic remanence acquisition in Finnish lake sediments. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 57, 727-739. PDF

30. Bloemendal, J. Oldfield, F. and Thompson, R., 1979. Magnetic measurements used to assess sediment influx at Llyn Goddionduon. Nature, 280, 50-53. PDF

29. Thompson, R. with Turner, G.M., 1979. Behaviour of the Earth’s magnetic field as recorded in the sediment of Loch Lomond. Earth Planet. Sci. Letters, 42, 412-426. PDF

28. Thompson, R. and Wain-Hobson, T., 1979. Palaeomagnetic study of the Loch Shiel marine regression and overlying gyttja. J. Geol. Soc. Lond., 136, 383-388. PDF

27. Oldfield, F., Rummery, T.A., Thompson, R.and Walling, P.E., 1979. Identification of suspended sediment sources by means of magnetic measurements: some preliminary results. J. Water Resource Res., 15, 2, 211-218.

26. Dixon, J., Stuart, D., Thompson, R., Turner, G.M., Baxter, M.S., Drndarsky and J. Rose, 1978. Flandrian marine and freshwater sediments of Loch Lomond, Scotland: Palynology, Palaeomagnetism and Radiometric Dating. Nature, 274, 548-553. PDF

25. Thompson, R. and Oldfield, F., 1978. Evidence for recent secular variation in lake sediments from the New Guinea Highlands. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 17, 300-306. PDF

24. Oldfield, F., Thompson, R. and Barber, K.E., 1978. The changing atmospheric fall-out of magnetic particles recorded in recent ombrotrophic peat sections. Science, 199, 679-680.

23. Thompson, R., 1978. Resistivity investigation of an infilled kettle hole. Quaternary Research, 9, 231-237. PDF

22. Clark, R.M. and Thompson, R., 1978. An objective method for smoothing palaeomagnetic data. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 52, 205-213. PDF

21. Oldfield, F., Dearing, J., Thompson, R. and Garrett-Jones, S.E., 1978. Some magnetic properties of lake sediments and their links with erosion rates. Spec. Issue Pol. Arch. Hydrobiol., XXV, No.1/2, 321-331.

20. Thompson, R., 1978. European palaeomagnetic secular variation 13,000-0 B.P. Spec. Issue Pol. Arch. Hydrobiol., XXV, No.l/2, 413-418 PDF

19. Stober, J.C. and Thompson, R., 1977. Palaeomagnetic secular variation studies of Finnish lake sediment and the carriers of remanence. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 37, 139-149. PDF

18. Thompson, R., 1977. Stratigraphic consequences of palaeomagnetic studies of Pleistocene and Recent sediments. J. Geol. Soc. Lond., 133, 51-59. PDF

17. Thompson, R. and Berglund, B., 1977. Reply to M. Noel. The Late Weichselian geomagnetic event. Nature, 267, 181-182.

16. Thompson, R., 1976. The palaeomagnetism of varved clays from Blekinge, southern Sweden. A comment. Geologiska Fvreningens i Stockholm Fvrhandlingar, 98, 3, 283-284.

15. Thompson, R. and Berglund, B., 1976. Late Weichselian geomagnetic `reversal’ as a possible example of the reinforcement syndrome. Nature, 263, 5577, 490-491. PDF

14. Tolonen, K., Siiriainen, A. and Thompson, R., 1975. Espoon Lojarven Pohjakerrostumien tulkinta ja palaeomagneet tinen ajoitus. Geologi, 27, 8, 97-102.

13. Tolonen, K., Siiriainen, A. and Thompson, R., 1975. Field erosion, associated effects caused by prehistoric man and their palaeomagnetic dating in Ann. Botanici Fennici, 12, 161-164.

12. Thompson, R., 1975. Long period European geomagnetic secular variation confirmed. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 43, No.3, 847-859. PDF

11. Thompson, R., Battarbee, R.W., O’Sullivan, P.E. and Oldfield, F., 1975. Magnetic susceptibility of lake sediments. Limnol. Oceanog., 20, 687-698. PDF

10. Thompson, R. and Kelts, K., 1974. Holocene sediments and magnetic stratigraphy from Lake Zurich and Lake Zug, Switzerland. Sedimentology, 21, 577-596. PDF

9. Thompson, R., Aitken, M.J., Gibbard, P., Singer, R. and Wymer, J.J., 1974. Palaeomagnetic study of Hoxnian lacustrine sediments. Archaeometry, 16, 233-245. PDF

8. Thompson, R., 1974. Palaeomagnetism. Science Progress, 61, 349-373. PDF

7. Molyneux, L. and Thompson, R., 1973. Rapid measurement of the magnetic susceptibility of long cores of sediment. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 32, 479-481. PDF

6. Thompson, R., 1973. South American palaeozoic palaeomagnetic results and the welding of Pangaea. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 18, 266-278. PDF

5. Thompson, R., 1973. Palaeolimnology and palaeomagnetism. Nature, 242, 182-184. PDF

4. Molyneux, L., Thompson, R., Oldfield, F. and McCallan, M.E., 1972. Rapid measurement of the remanent magnetization of long cores of sediment. Nature, 237, 42-43. PDF

3. Creer, K.M., Thompson, R., Molyneux, L. and Mackereth, F.J.H., 1972. Geomagnetic secular variation recorded in the stable magnetic remanence of recent sediments. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 14, 115-127. PDF

2. Thompson, R., 1972. Palaeomagnetic results from the Paganzo Basin of North-west Argentina. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 15, 145-156. PDF

1. Thompson, R. and Mitchell, J.G., 1972. Palaeomagnetic and radiometric evidence for the age of the Lower Boundary of the Kiaman Magnetic Interval in South America. Geophys. J.R. astr. Soc., 27, 2, 207-214. PDF



Thompson, R. and Oldfield, F., 1986 `Environmental Magnetism‘. PDFs Allen & Unwin: London, 227pp.

Maher, B.A. and Thompson, R. (Eds) ‘Quaternary Climates and Magnetism‘ Cambridge University Press. 2000. pp390. ISBN 0-521-62417-7 Preview

Text book chapters

Chapter 27 ‘Palaeomagnetism and continental drift’ in ‘Holmes’ Principles of Physical Geology‘, 4th Edition, Chapman & Hall, 1993

Chapter 28 ‘Sea floor spreading and Plate Tectonics’ in ‘Holmes’ Principles of Physical Geology‘, 4th Edition, Chapman & Hall, 1993.


Unpublished comments

1. Exposé of pseudo-phenological nonsense and closed science at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Exposé

Book review

Thompson, R. 2023 The Lake District: Landscape and Geology. Ian Francis, Stuart Holmes & Bruce Yardley. The Crowood Press, 2022. Paperback, 176 pages, £18.99 Landscape&Geology


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