University of Reading Research Data Archive

The Reading Palaeofire Database v1b: 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 is an updated and expanded database of global charcoal records, accompanied by new Bayesian age models. This is an updated version of the RPD (RPDv1b), with updates to site, entity, sample and date_info metadata and the inclusion/updating of age models for 233 entities. The database contains 1676 charcoal records from 1480 sites worldwide. Age models have been run for 829 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: 2022
Data last accessed: 24 September 2023
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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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