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

  • Esther Githumbi
  • Ralph M. Fyfe
  • Erik Kjellström
  • Johan Lindström
  • Zhengyao Lu
  • Florence Mazier
  • Anne Birgitte Nielsen
  • Anneli Poska
  • Benjamin Smith
  • Gustav Strandberg
  • Shinya Sugita
  • Qiong Zhang
  • Marie-José Gaillard
Publishing year: 2019-07-31
Language: English
Document type: Conference paper: abstract

Abstract english

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.


  • Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
  • Climate Research


INQUA 2019
2019-07-25 - 2019-07-31
Dublin, Ireland
E-mail: anneli [dot] poska [at] nateko [dot] lu [dot] se

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Lund University
Sölvegatan 12
S-223 62 Lund

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