The ACER pollen and charcoal database

  • Yaeko Igarashi (Contributor)
  • A. Peter Kershaw (Contributor)
  • B. Huntley (Contributor)
  • J. R M Allen (Contributor)
  • Ryoma Hayashi (Contributor)
  • H. Takahara (Contributor)
  • Lydie M. Dupont (Contributor)
  • Bas Van Geel (Contributor)
  • M. P. Ledru (Contributor)
  • Stephen M. Rucina (Contributor)
  • L. Scott (Contributor)
  • Vasiliki Margari (Contributor)
  • Linda E. Heusser (Contributor)
  • R. Newnham (Contributor)
  • M. Vandergoes (Contributor)
  • W. D. Gosling (Contributor)
  • H. Behling (Contributor)
  • A. L. Daniau (Contributor)
  • B.G. Valencia (Contributor)
  • Dunia H. Urrego (Contributor)
  • M. F. Sanchez Goñi (Contributor)
  • William J. Fletcher (Contributor)
  • Filipa Naughton (Contributor)
  • Stéphanie Desprat (Contributor)
  • R. Scott Anderson (Contributor)
  • Bonnie F. Jacobs (Contributor)
  • Catalina González (Contributor)
  • Debra A. Willard (Contributor)
  • U. Müller (Contributor)
  • Katy H. Roucoux (Contributor)
  • Polichronis C. Tzedakis (Contributor)
  • Cathy Whitlock (Contributor)
  • Marco Giardini (Contributor)
  • Anne Marie Lézine (Contributor)
  • Patrick Moss (Contributor)
  • Karin Helmens (Contributor)
  • Stefanie Müller (Contributor)
  • Raymonde Bonnefille (Contributor)
  • Annie Vincens (Contributor)
  • Tadamichi Oba (Contributor)
  • Tomohisa Irino (Contributor)
  • Masanobu Yamamoto (Contributor)
  • Eric C. Grimm (Contributor)
  • M. McKenzie (Contributor)
  • Nathalie Combourieu-Nebout (Contributor)
  • Ramón Pérez-Obiol (Contributor)
  • Rachid Cheddadi (Contributor)
  • Laurie D. Grigg (Contributor)
  • Ian T. Lawson (Contributor)
  • Roberta Pini (Contributor)
  • Cesare Ravazzi (Contributor)
  • J. S. Carrión (Contributor)
  • F. E. Mayle (Contributor)
  • Frank C. Bassinot (Contributor)
  • Josué M. Polanco-Martínez (Contributor)
  • S. P. Harrison (Contributor)
  • Francesc Burjachs (Contributor)
  • James S. Clark (Contributor)
  • Colin J. Courtney Mustaphi (Contributor)
  • Georg H. Debusk (Contributor)
  • J. M. Finch (Contributor)
  • T. R. Hill (Contributor)
  • G. Hope (Contributor)
  • Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno (Contributor)
  • Sayuri Kawai (Contributor)
  • Fujio Kumon (Contributor)
  • Ping Mei Liew (Contributor)
  • D. Magri (Contributor)
  • R. Marchant (Contributor)
  • G. Merna Mckenzie (Contributor)
  • B. Guido Valencia (Contributor)
  • Ping Mei Liew (Contributor)



Quaternary records provide an opportunity to examine the nature of the vegetation and fire responses to rapid past climate changes comparable in velocity and magnitude to those expected in the 21st century. The best documented examples of rapid climate change in the past are the warming events associated with the Dansgaard-Oeschger (D-O) cycles during the last glacial period, which were sufficiently large to have had a potential feedback through changes in albedo and greenhouse gas emissions on climate. Previous reconstructions of vegetation and fire changes during the D-O cycles used independently constructed age models, making it difficult to compare the changes between different sites and regions. Here we present the ACER (Abrupt Climate Changes and Environmental Responses) global database which includes 93 pollen records from the last glacial period (73-15 ka) with a temporal resolution better than 1,000 years, 32 of which also provide charcoal records. A harmonized and consistent chronology based on radiometric dating (14C, 234U/230Th, OSL, 40Ar/39Ar dated tephra layers) has been constructed for 86 of these records, although in some cases additional information was derived using common control points based on event stratigraphy. The ACER database compiles metadata including geospatial and dating information, pollen and charcoal counts and pollen percentages of the characteristic biomes, and is archived in Microsoft ACCESS(TM).
Date made available2017
  • The ACER pollen and charcoal database: A global resource to document vegetation and fire response to abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period

    Goñi, M. F. S., Desprat, S., Daniau, A. L., Bassinot, F. C., Polanco-Martínez, J. M., Harrison, S. P., Allen, J. R. M., Scott Anderson, R., Behling, H., Bonnefille, R., Burjachs, F., Carrión, J. S., Cheddadi, R., Clark, J. S., Combourieu-Nebout, N., Mustaphi, C. J. C., Debusk, G. H., Dupont, L. M., Finch, J. M., Fletcher, W. J., & 49 othersGiardini, M., González, C., Gosling, W. D., Grigg, L. D., Grimm, E. C., Hayashi, R., Helmens, K., Heusser, L. E., Hill, T., Hope, G., Huntley, B., Igarashi, Y., Irino, T., Jacobs, B., Jiménez-Moreno, G., Kawai, S., Peter Kershaw, A., Kumon, F., Lawson, I. T., Ledru, M. P., Lézine, A. M., Mei Liew, P., Magri, D., Marchant, R., Margari, V., Mayle, F. E., Merna Mckenzie, G., Moss, P., Müller, S., Müller, U. C., Naughton, F., Newnham, R. M., Oba, T., Pérez-Obiol, R., Pini, R., Ravazzi, C., Roucoux, K. H., Rucina, S. M., Scott, L., Takahara, H., Tzedakis, P. C., Urrego, D. H., Van Geel, B., Guido Valencia, B., Vandergoes, M. J., Vincens, A., Whitlock, C. L., Willard, D. A. & Yamamoto, M., Sep 11 2017, In: Earth System Science Data. 9, 2, p. 679-695 17 p.

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