Gridded pollen-based Holocene regional plant cover in temperate and northern subtropical China suitable for climate modeling
- 1School of Ecology, Sun Yat-sen University, Shenzhen, 518107, China
- 2Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Linnaeus University, Kalmar 39182, Sweden
- 3Alpine Paleoecology and Human Adaptation Group (ALPHA), State Key Laboratory of Tibetan Plateau Earth System, and Resources and Environment (TPESRE), Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
- 4Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Research Unit Potsdam, Potsdam 14473, Germany
- 5Institute of Environmental Science and Geography, University of Potsdam, Potsdam 14476, Germany
- 6Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam, Potsdam 14476, Germany
- 7Institute of Ecology, University of Tallinn, Tallinn 10120, Estonia
- 8College of Chemistry and Life Sciences, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004, China
- 9Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
- 10University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
- 11College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
- 12College of Urban and Environmental Sciences and MOE Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
- 13Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093, China
Abstract. We present the first gridded and temporally continuous quantitative pollen-based plant-cover reconstruction for temperate and northern sub-tropical China over the Holocene (11.7 ka BP to present) using the Regional Estimates of Vegetation Abundance from Large Sites (REVEALS) model. The objective is to provide a dataset of pollen-based land cover for the last ca. twelve millennia suitable for palaeoclimate modeling and evaluation of simulated past vegetation cover from dynamic vegetation models and anthropogenic land-cover change (ALCC) scenarios. The REVEALS reconstruction was achieved using 94 selected pollen records from lakes and bogs at a 1°×1° spatial scale and a temporal resolution of 500 years between 11.7 and 0.7 ka BP, and three recent time windows (0.7–0.35 ka BP, 0.35–0.1 ka BP, and 0.1 ka BP–present). The dataset includes REVEALS estimates of cover and their standard errors (SEs) for 27 plant taxa in 75 1°×1° grid cells distributed within the study region. The 27 plant taxa were also grouped into six plant functional types and three land-cover types (coniferous trees CT, broadleaved trees BT, and C3 herbs C3H/open land OL), and their REVEALS estimates of cover and related SEs were calculated. We describe the protocol used for the selection of pollen records and the REVEALS application (with parameter setting), and explain the major rationales behind the protocol. As an illustration we present, for eight selected time windows, gridded maps of the pollen-based REVEALS estimates of cover for the three land-cover types (CT, BT, and C3H/OL). We then discuss the reliability and limitations of the Chinese dataset of Holocene gridded REVEALS plant-cover, and its current and potential uses.
The dataset is available at the National Tibetan Plateau Data Center (TPDC; https://data.tpdc.ac.cn/en/disallow/d18d2b7e-25fe-49da-b1bd-2be6014162b0/).
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Gridded pollen-based Holocene regional plant cover in temperate and northern subtropical China https://doi.org/10.11888/Paleoenv.tpdc.272292
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