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The Reading Palaeofire Database: an expanded global resource to document changes in fire regimes from sedimentary charcoal records

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Wildfires have major impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, the global carbon cycle, atmospheric chemistry and climate. Charcoal records from sedimentary sequences provide a way to reconstruct palaeofire regimes at different temporal and spatial scales and are a key resource to improve our understanding of the drivers of wildfires. The RPD version 1 is an updated and expanded database of global charcoal records, accompanied by new Bayesian age models. The first version of the RPD contains 1681 charcoal records from 1477 sites worldwide. New age models have been run for 714 of the charcoal records.

Resource Type: Dataset
Creators: Harrison, Sandy ORCID logoORCID:, Villegas-Diaz, Roberto ORCID logoORCID:, Lincoln, Paul ORCID logoORCID:, Kesner, David, Cruz-Silva, Esmeralda ORCID logoORCID:, Sweeney, Luke ORCID logoORCID:, Shen, Yicheng and Gallagher, Daniel
Rights-holders: University of Reading, David Kesner, Esmeralda Cruz-Silva, Luke Sweeney, Daniel Gallagher
Data Publisher: University of Reading
Publication Year: 2021
Data last accessed: 11 July 2024
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Organisational units: Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
Participating Organisations: University of Reading, Royal Holloway, University of London
Keywords: charcoal, palaeofire, Bayesian age models
Data Availability: OPEN

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