The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project

Basil A S Davis, Marco Zanon, Pamella Collins, Achille Mauri, Johan Bakker, Doris Barboni, Alexandra Barthelmes, Celia Beaudouin, Anne E. Bjune, Elissaveta Bozilova, Richard H W Bradshaw, Barbara A. Brayshay, Simon Brewer, Elisabetta Brugiapaglia, Jane Bunting, Simon E. Connor, Jacques Louis de Beaulieu, Kevin Edwards, Ana Ejarque, Patricia FallAssunta Florenzano, Ralph Fyfe, Didier Galop, Marco Giardini, Thomas Giesecke, Michael J. Grant, Jöel Guiot, Susanne Jahns, Vlasta Jankovská, Stephen Juggins, Marina Kahrmann, Monika Karpińska-Kołaczek, Piotr Kołaczek, Norbert Kühl, Petr Kuneš, Elena G. Lapteva, Suzanne A G Leroy, Michelle Leydet, José Guiot, Susanne Jahns, Vlasta Jankovská, Stephen Juggins, Marina Kahrmann, Monika Karpińska-Kołaczek, Piotr Kołaczek, Norbert Kühl, Petr Kuneš, Elena G. Lapteva, Suzanne A G Leroy, Michelle Leydet, José Antonio López Sáez, Alessia Masi, Isabelle Matthias, Florence Mazier, Vivika Meltsov, Anna Maria Mercuri, Yannick Miras, Fraser J G Mitchell, Jesse L. Morris, Filipa Naughton, Anne Birgitte Nielsen, Elena Novenko, Bent Odgaard, Elena Ortu, Mette Venås Overballe-Petersen, Heather S. Pardoe, Silvia M. Peglar, Irena A. Pidek, Laura Sadori, Heikki Seppä, Elena Severova, Helen Shaw, Joanna Świeta-Musznicka, Martin Theuerkauf, Spassimir Tonkov, Siim Veski, W. O. van der Knaap, Jacqueline F N van Leeuwen, Jessie Woodbridge, Marcelina Zimny, Jed O. Kaplan

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Abstract

Modern pollen samples provide an invaluable research tool for helping to interpret the quaternary fossil pollen record, allowing investigation of the relationship between pollen as the proxy and the environmental parameters such as vegetation, land-use, and climate that the pollen proxy represents. The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) is a new initiative within the European Pollen Database (EPD) to establish a publicly accessible repository of modern (surface sample) pollen data. This new database will complement the EPD, which at present holds only fossil sedimentary pollen data. The EMPD is freely available online to the scientific community and currently has information on almost 5,000 pollen samples from throughout the Euro-Siberian and Mediterranean regions, contributed by over 40 individuals and research groups. Here we describe how the EMPD was constructed, the various tables and their fields, problems and errors, quality controls, and continuing efforts to improve the available data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-530
Number of pages10
JournalVegetation History and Archaeobotany
Volume22
Issue number6
Early online date3 Mar 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013

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Keywords

  • database
  • EMPD
  • EPD
  • Europe
  • pollen
  • surface sample

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Palaeontology
  • Archaeology

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Davis, B. A. S., Zanon, M., Collins, P., Mauri, A., Bakker, J., Barboni, D., ... Kaplan, J. O. (2013). The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) project. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 22(6), 521-530. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00334-012-0388-5