Global Lake Status Data Base (GLSDB)Entry ID: GLSDB
Abstract: The Global Lake Status Data Base (GLSDB: Kohfeld and Harrison, 2000, Harrison
et al., 2003) is a long-standing international effort to compile the geomorphic
and biostratigraphic data for changes in lake status, in order to document
changes in regional water balance during the last 30,000 14C kyr. Developed
with data-model comparisons as a primary objective, the GLSDB ... contains data
both from closed-basin lakes in now-arid regions and from currently overflowing
lakes in temperate and wet tropical regions. The GLSDB contains continuous
records of lake status through time, so that site chronologies can be modifed
and data extracted for any time interval required. Here, we present the data
for the mid-Holocene (6000 yr B.P. on the radiocarbon time scale) and the last
glacial maximum defined as 18,000 yr B.P. on the radiocarbon time scale,
equivalent to 21,000 yr B.P. on the calendar time scale) derived from Kohfeld
and Harrison (2000) and including updates published in Yu et al. (2001) and
Harrison et al. (2003).
The current version of the GLSDB (Version 2) has records for 599 modern sites,
413 sites at 6000 yr B.P., and 103 sites at 18,000 yr B.P. Please note: the
data sets contain information about the quality of the dating control at each
time period (DC6 = dating control at 6000 yr B.P., DC18 = dating control at the
last glacial maximum) using the COHMAP dating control schemes, as described in
Yu and Harrison (1995). We stongly recommend that you only use sites with a
dating control <7 in making data-model comparisons at 6000 yr B.P. and <7 in
making data-model comparisons at 18,000 yr B.P. (as is done in the maps shown
above). Sites with no explicit dating control should be included. If you do
this, you should have 599 modern sites, 394 6000 yr B.P. sites, 70 18,000 yr
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Harrison, S.P. and M. Creighton
Dataset Title: Global Lake Status For The Mid-Holocene And Last Glacial Maximum
Dataset Series Name: Paleoclimate Intercomparison Modelling Project Phase II
Dataset Release Place: Bristol, UK
Dataset Publisher: U. BristolOnline Resource: http://pmip2.lsce.ipsl.fr/
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 18000 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: 6000 ybp
Use Constraints If you wish to use the global data set, you should cite Kohfeld and Harrison
(2000), Yu et al. (2001) and Harrison et al. (2003) as the sources of the
original data. If you wish to have lake status maps for other time periods in
the last 30,000 years, you should contact Sandy Harrison directly.
Technical queries about the data sets ... should be addressed to Sandy Harrison or
Mark Creighton. The GLSDB has received funding support from IGBP-GAIM,
IGBP-PAGES, IGBP-DIS, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science
Foundation, the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program, the European Community,
the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Natural Science Research
Council (NFR), the Swedish Institute, Crafoord Fund, and the Max-Planck
Institute for Biogeochemistry.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: online
Distribution Format: pdf, zip, excel, text
Phone: +44 (0)117 33 17223
Fax: +44 (0)117 928 7878
Email: sandy.harrison at bristol.ac.uk
BRIDGE School of Geographical Sciences University of Bristol University Road
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
Email: mark.creighton at bristol.ac.uk
BRIDGE School of Geographical Sciences University of Bristol University Roa
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
Cheddadi, R., Yu, G., Guiot, J., Harrison, S. P., and Prentice, I. C. (1997).
The climate of Europe 6000 years ago. Climate Dynamics 13(1), 1-9.
Harrison, S. P., and Digerfeldt, G. (1993). European lakes as paleohydrological
and paleoclimatic indicators. Quaternary Science Reviews 12, 233-248.
Harrison, S. P., Kutzbach, J. E., Liu, Z., Bartlein, P. J., ... Otto-Bliesner, B.,
Muhs, D., Prentice, I. C., and Thompson, R. S. (2003). Mid-Holocene climates of
the Americas: a dynamical response to changed seasonality. Climate Dynamics 20,
Kohfeld, K. E., and Harrison, S. P. (2000). How well can we simulate past
climates? Evaluating the models using global palaeoenvironmental datasets.
Quaternary Science Reviews 19(1-5), 321-346.
Street-Perrott, F. A. and Harrison, S. P., 1985. Lake levels and climate
reconstruction. In Paleoclimate Analysis and Modeling (A.D. Hecht, ed.), John
Wiley, New York, 291-340.
Yu, G., and Harrison, S. P. (1995). Lake status records from Europe: data base
documentation. NOAA Paleoclimatology Publications Series 3: 451pp, Boulder,
Yu, G., Harrison, S. P., and Xue, B. (2001). Lake status records from China:
Data Base Documentation. Technical Reports - Max-Planck-Institut für
Biogeochemie 4, 243 pp.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-09-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-05-08