The ACER pollen and charcoal database: A global resource to document vegetation and fire response to abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period

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

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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 (73-15ka) with a temporal resolution better than 1000years, 32 of which also provide charcoal records. A harmonized and consistent chronology based on radiometric dating (14C, 234U/230Th, optically stimulated luminescence (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™ at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-695
Number of pages17
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 11 2017

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  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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    Müller, S. (Contributor), Giardini, M. (Contributor), Igarashi, Y. (Contributor), Kershaw, A. P. (Contributor), Heusser, L. E. (Contributor), Grimm, E. C. (Contributor), Ledru, M. (Contributor), Lézine, A. (Contributor), Anderson, R. S. (Contributor), Gosling, W. D. (Contributor), Valencia, B. G. (Contributor), Rucina, S. M. (Contributor), Allen, J. R. M. (Contributor), Huntley, B. (Contributor), Vincens, A. (Contributor), Bonnefille, R. (Contributor), Behling, H. (Contributor), Sánchez Goñi, G. M. (Contributor), Newnham, R. M. (Contributor), Vandergoes, M. J. (Contributor), Finch, J. M. (Contributor), Hill, T. R. (Contributor), Takahara, H. (Contributor), Oba, T. (Contributor), Helmens, K. F. (Contributor), Daniau, A. (Contributor), Magri, D. (Contributor), Hayashi, R. (Contributor), Jiménez-Moreno, G. (Contributor), Tzedakis, P. C. (Contributor), Lawson, I. T. (Contributor), Carrión, J. S. (Contributor), Van Geel, G. B. (Contributor), Naughton, F. (Contributor), Desprat, S. (Contributor), Margari, V. (Contributor), Fletcher, W. J. (Contributor), González, C. (Contributor), Dupont, L. M. (Contributor), Combourieu Nebout, N. N. (Contributor), Burjachs, F. (Contributor), Urrego, D. H. (Contributor), Mayle, F. E. (Contributor), Scott, L. (Contributor), Grigg, L. D. (Contributor), Whitlock, C. (Contributor), Pini, R. (Contributor), Ravazzi, C. (Contributor), McKenzie, G. M. (Contributor), Moss, P. T. (Contributor), Roucoux, K. H. (Contributor), Jacobs, B. F. (Contributor), Irino, T. (Contributor), Yamamoto, M. (Contributor), Bassinot, F. C. (Contributor), Polanco-Martínez, J. M. (Contributor), Harrison, S. P. (Contributor), Cheddadi, R. (Contributor), Clark, J. S. (Contributor), Mustaphi, C. J. C. (Contributor), Debusk, G. H. (Contributor), Hope, G. (Contributor), Kawai, S. (Contributor), Kumon, F. (Contributor), Mei Liew, P. (Contributor), Marchant, R. (Contributor), Merna Mckenzie, M. G. (Contributor), Müller, U. C. (Contributor), Pérez-Obiol, R. (Contributor), Guido Valencia, V. B. (Contributor), Willard, D. A. (Contributor) & Liew, P. (Contributor), PANGAEA, May 27 2024


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