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Pollen data and charcoal data of the Iberian Peninsula

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Sedimentary charcoal, preserved in lakes, peatbogs and other anoxic environments, has been widely used as an indicator of past changes in fire regimes. Pollen records can be used to reconstruct past climate changes by deriving a statistical relationship between modern pollen abundance and modern climate and applying this relationship to fossil pollen assemblages. Here, we present pollen data and charcoal data from the Iberian Peninsula.

The pollen data file includes basic information (e.g., latitude, longitude, elevation, source of the data, citation for original publication), age information (IPE age and IntCal20 mean and median ages and age uncertainties) and pollen counts for 205 taxa by depth (cm) for 114 records.

The charcoal data file includes basic information (e.g., latitude, longitude, elevation, charcoal. count type and unit), age information (IntCal20 mean and median age and age uncertainties) and charcoal quantity by depth (cm) for 74 records.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Harrison, Sandy ORCID logoORCID:, Shen, Yicheng ORCID logoORCID: and Sweeney, Luke ORCID logoORCID:
Rights-holders: University of Reading, Luke Sweeney
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2021
Data last accessed: 30 June 2022
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Organisational units: Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
Participating Organisations: University of Reading
Keywords: pollen, charcoal, Iberian Peninsula

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