Mega-Biome Maps for the Mid-Holocene and Last Glacial Maximum
Entry ID: BIOME6000_MEGABIOME

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Summary
Abstract: Most dynamic vegetation models (DGVMs) simulate far fewer PFTs, and hence
discriminate far fewer biomes, than the palaeodata allow. In order to
facilitate direct comparison with model output, we have grouped the observed
biomes into broader units (mega-biomes) on the basis of their structure and
functioning.
Mega-biomes include:
- tropical forest
- warm temperate forest
- temperate forest
- boreal forest
- savanna and dry woodland
- grassland and dry shrubland
- desert
- dry tundra
- tundra

This data set is also available from the Paleoclimate Modelling
Intercomparison project - Phase II:
http://www-lsce.cea.fr/pmip2/synth/vegmaps.shtml
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Description: BIOME 6000 data is also available from the Paleoclimate Modeling
Intercomparison Project - Phase II
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Prentice et al. (2000), Harrison et al. (2001), Bigelow et al. (2003) and Pickett et al. (2004)
Dataset Title: Vegetation Maps For The Mid-Holocene And Last Glacial Maximum
Dataset Series Name: BIOME 6000
Dataset Release Place: Bristol, UK
Dataset Publisher: University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences
Version: Version 4.2
Online Resource: http://www.bridge.bris.ac.uk/resources/Databases/BIOMES_data
Paleo Temporal Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 18000 ybp
Paleo Stop Date: 6000 ybp
Chrono Unit: Chrono Unit:
Quality 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
(giving 1116 modern sites, 1636 sites at 6000 yr B.P., 224 sites at 18,000 yr
B.P. ). Sites with no explicit dating control should be included.
Data Set Progress
IN WORK
Originating Center
Data Center
Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.bridge.bris.ac.uk/
Dataset ID: BIOME 6000

Data Center Personnel
Name: KATIE PELLICCI
Phone: +44 (0)117 33 17223
Fax: +44 (0)117 928 7878
Email: katie.pellicci at bristol.ac.uk
Contact Address:
BRIDGE
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
City: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
Distribution
Distribution Media: online
Distribution Format: pdf, xls, zip
Fees: none
Personnel
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +44 (0)117 33 17223
Fax: +44 (0)117 928 7878
Email: sandy.harrison at bristol.ac.uk
Contact Address:
BRIDGE
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
City: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
Publications/References
Harrison, S. P., and Prentice, I. C. (2003). Climate and CO2 controls on global
vegetation distribution at the last glacial maximum: analysis based on
palaeovegetation data, biome modelling and palaeoclimate simulations. Global
Change Biology 9, 983-1004. (pdf)
http://www.bridge.bris.ac.uk/projects/BIOME_6000/101_Harrison_and_P...
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-09-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2006-09-26
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