Testing the Effect of Relative Pollen Productivity on the REVEALS Model : A Validated Reconstruction of Europe-Wide Holocene Vegetation

Maria Antonia Serge, Florence Mazier, Ralph Fyfe, Marie-Jose Gaillard, Thierry Klein, Agnès Lagnoux, Didier Galop, Esther Githumbi, Marcel Mindrescu, Anne Birgitte Nielsen, Anna-Kari Trondman, Anneli Poska, Shinya Sugita, Jessie Woodbridge, Daniel Abel-Schaad, Christine Åkesson, Teija Helena Alenius, Brigitta Ammann, Simone Thirstrup Andersen, R. Scott AndersonMaja Andrič, Lauras Balakauskas, Lena Barnekow, Vlada Batalova, Jonas Bergman, H. John B. Birks, Leif Björkman, Anne Elisabeth Bjune, Olga Borisova, Nils Broothaerts, José Carrión, Chris Caseldine, Jörg Christiansen, Qiaoyu Cui, Andrés Currás, Sambor Czerwiński, Romain David, Adrian L. Davies, Ruth De Jong, Federico Di Rita, Benjamin Dietre, Walter Dörfler, Elise Doyen, Kevin J. Edwards, Ana Ejarque, Elisabeth Endtmann, Denzil Etienne, Elodie Faure, Ingo Feeser, Angelica Feurdean, Elske Fischer, William Fletcher, Maria Fatima Franco-Múgica, Erik Daniel Fredh, Cynthia Froyd, Sandra Garcés-Pastor, Iria García-Moreiras, Emilie Gauthier, Graciela Gil-Romera, Penélope González-Sampériz, Michael J. Grant, Roxana Grindean, Jean Nicolas Haas, Gina Hannon, A. J. Heather, Maija Heikkilä, Kari Loe Hjelle, S. Jahns, N. Jasiunas, Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno, I. Jouffroy-Bapicot, M. Kabailienė, I.M. Kamerling, M. Kangur, M. Karpińska-Kołaczek, A. Kasianova, P. Kołaczek, P. Lagerås, M. Latalowa, J. Lechterbeck, C. Leroyer, M. Leydet, M. Lindbladh, O. Lisitsyna, José Antonio López-Sáez, J. Lowe, R. Luelmo-Lautenschlaeger, E. Lukanina, L. Macijauskaitė, D. Magri, D. Marguerie, L. Marquer, A. Martinez-Cortizas, I. Mehl, J.M. Mesa-Fernández, T. Mighall, A. Miola, Y. Miras, C. Morales-Molino, A. Mrotzek, C.M. Sobrino, B. Odgaard, I. Ozola, Sebastián Pérez-Díaz, Ramon Pérez Obiol, C. Poggi, P.R. Rego, M.J. Ramos-Román, P. Rasmussen, M. Reille, M. Rösch, P. Ruffaldi, M.S. Goni, N. Savukynienė, T. Schröder, M. Schult, U. Segerström, H. Seppä, G.S. Vives, L. Shumilovskikh, H.W. Smettan, M. Stancikaite, A.C. Stevenson, N. Stivrins, I. Tantau, M. Theuerkauf, S. Tonkov, W.O. van der Knaap, J.F.N. van Leeuwen, E. Vecmane, G. Verstraeten, S. Veski, Ricarda Voigt, Henrik Von Stedingk, Martyn Waller, Julian Wiethold, Katherine Jane Willis, Steffen Wolters, Valentina P. Zernitskaya

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Abstract

Reliable quantitative vegetation reconstructions for Europe during the Holocene are crucial to improving our understanding of landscape dynamics, making it possible to assess the past effects of environmental variables and land-use change on ecosystems and biodiversity, and mitigating their effects in the future. We present here the most spatially extensive and temporally continuous pollen-based reconstructions of plant cover in Europe (at a spatial resolution of 1° × 1°) over the Holocene (last 11.7 ka BP) using the 'Regional Estimates of VEgetation Abundance from Large Sites' (REVEALS) model. This study has three main aims. First, to present the most accurate and reliable generation of REVEALS reconstructions across Europe so far. This has been achieved by including a larger number of pollen records compared to former analyses, in particular from the Mediterranean area. Second, to discuss methodological issues in the quantification of past land cover by using alternative datasets of relative pollen productivities (RPPs), one of the key input parameters of REVEALS, to test model sensitivity. Finally, to validate our reconstructions with the global forest change dataset. The results suggest that the RPPs.st1 (31 taxa) dataset is best suited to producing regional vegetation cover estimates for Europe. These reconstructions offer a long-term perspective providing unique possibilities to explore spatial-temporal changes in past land cover and biodiversity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLand
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Europe
  • Quantitative past land cover
  • Holocene
  • Pollen data
  • REVEALS model
  • Relative pollen productivity
  • Validation

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