Alastair Clement

Doctor of Philosophy, (Geography)
Study Completed: 2011
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Holocene sea-level change in the New Zealand archipelago and the geomorphic evolution of a Holocene coastal plan incised-valley system: The lower Manawatu valley, North Island, New Zealand

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Mr. Clement focused on reconstructing sea-level changes in the New Zealand region during the past 10,000 years to provide context for an investigation of the evolution of the lower Manawatu valley during the same period. A New Zealand-wide north-south trend in sea-level fluctuations driven by a range of external forcing mechanisms was identified. In the Manawatu, Mr Clement reconstructed the geomorphic and stratigraphic evolution of the valley in response to these sea-level fluctuations and the influx of sediment from the adjacent axial ranges. A 3D model of the sub-surface stratigraphy of the valley was constructed, as were palaeogeographic maps and a series of conceptual models of the evolution of the valley during the last 10,000 years.

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