Reports of Projects using EPD data

BIOME 6000: (Project leaders: C. Prentice & T. Webb III.) The aim of the project is to produce a biome map of the world based on climate parameters and to check this map against the fossil-pollen data.

PMIP (Palaeoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project): (Project leaders: Sylvie Jousseaume & K. Taylor.) This project aims to compare the output from several GCM’s using the same boundary conditions, and to compare the results of these experiments with the palaeodata. Cheddadi et al. (1997) recently published a paper for this project in Climate Dynamics. This study used 93 unrestricted EPD sites. Maps from this study are at the WDC-A WWW site in Boulder.

EPMP (European Pollen Monitoring Programme): (Project leader: Sheila Hicks.) The aim of this project is to monitor modern pollen deposition (grains cm2 yr1) with modified Tauber traps with transects across the range limits of major European tree species. At this time 18 countries are involved. Trapping commenced in Sept.-Oct. 1996 in most areas. The annual data will be submitted to the EPD. Participation in the project is open to anyone who is interested. A booklet of guidelines can be obtained from:

OAK (Synthetic Maps of Gene Diversity and Provenance Performance for Utilization and Conservation of Oak Resources in Europe): (Project leader: Antoine Kremer) The aim of the project is to construct a geographic map of chloroplast DNA cytotypes at a European scale and compare the pattern of genetic diversity of oaks (Quercus petraea, Q. robur) with the historical record of oak migration/expansion from pollen data.

EAST (East European Vegetation Assemblages on a South-north Transect): (Project leaders: Sheila Hicks & Rachid Cheddadi) The aim of this project is to map vegetation on 500-yr time slices for the period 15-5 ka along a transect with the bounds 20 -30 E and 35 -75 N. Participants are all people who have contributed data from the transect to the EPD. Chronologies for the sites will be developed jointly by the data contributors and the EPD database manager.

CAPE (Circum Arctic Palaeo-environments): A PAGES project to reconstruct palaeoenvironments with palaeoclimate interpretation for the Holocene north of 60 N. Following IGBP, PAGES policy, CAPE requests that all CAPE pollen data must be registered in some way. For the Icelandic, Fennoscandian, Svalbard and European Russia data this effectively means submission to the EPD.