Holocene quantitative pollen-based vegetation reconstructions in Europe for climate modelling: LandClim II

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Understanding land use and land cover (LULC) change through time is an important aspect when attempting to interpret human-environment interactions through time. Palaeoenvironmental techniques have been crucial in bridging this gap by providing information that has been used to estimate climate change, vegetation change, sea level change etc. through time using a variety of proxies. Producing quantitative land-cover reconstructions has been an aim and a challenge with several methods attempted during the decades. In this project, we use the REVEALS model has been tested and validated in several regions of the world.

We use REVEALS-based quantitative reconstructions of vegetation change to investigate the biogeochemical and biogeophysical forcings of land-cover change on climate. In the first phase of this project, LandClim I, quantitative vegetation reconstructions were produced for Europe (Mediterranean area excluded) focusing on five time windows of the Holocene between 6ka BP and present. The results from a regional climate model showed that the impact of the reconstructed LULC between 6 ka and 0.2 ka BP via biogeophysical forcing varied geographically and seasonally.

We present the REVEALS quantitative pollen-based vegetation reconstruction from the ongoing second phase of the project LandClim II “Quantification of the biogeophysical and biogeochemical forcings from anthropogenic deforestation on regional Holocene climate in Europe”. This reconstruction covers entire Europe and is transient over the Holocene with a time resolution of 500 years between 11.2 and 0.7ka BP, and 100 to 300 years from 0.7ka BP to modern time.


External organisations
  • Linnaeus University
  • University of York
  • Plymouth University
  • Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute
  • Tallinn University
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
  • Climate Research
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jul 31
Publication categoryResearch
EventINQUA 2019: Life on the Edge - The Convention Centre Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2019 Jul 252019 Jul 31


ConferenceINQUA 2019
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