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BIOME 6000 (v4.2): Vegetation Maps for the Mid-Holocene and Last Glacial Maximum
Entry ID: BIOME6000

Abstract: The Palaeovegetation Mapping Project (generally known as BIOME 6000: Prentice
and Webb, 1998) was inaugurated in 1994 with the aim of providing global maps
describing the vegetation patterns at 6000500 yr B.P. (on the radiocarbon time
scale) and the last glacial maximum (defined as 18,0001000 yr B.P. on the
radiocarbon time scale, equivalent to 21,000 yr B.P. on the calendar time
scale) for use ... View entire text
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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:
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.
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Originating Center
Data Center
Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: BIOME 6000

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +44 (0)117 33 17223
Fax: +44 (0)117 928 7878
Email: katie.pellicci at
Contact Address:
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
City: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
Distribution Media: online
Distribution Format: pdf, xls, zip
Fees: none
Phone: +44 (0)117 33 17223
Fax: +44 (0)117 928 7878
Email: sandy.harrison at
Contact Address:
School of Geographical Sciences
University of Bristol
University Road
City: Bristol
Postal Code: BS8 1SS
Country: United Kingdom
Bigelow, N. H., Brubaker, L. B., Edwards, M. E., Harrison, S. P., Prentice, I. C., Anderson, P. M., Andreev, A. A., Bartlein, P. J., Christensen, T. R., Cramer, W., Kaplan, J. O., Lozhkin, A. V., Matveyeva, N. V., Murray, D. V., McGuire, A. D., Razzhivin, V. Y., Ritchie, J. C., Smith, B., Walker, D. A., Gajewski, K., Wolf, V., Holmqvist, B. H., Igarashi, Y., Kremenetskii, K., Paus, A., Pisaric, M. F. J., and Vokova, V. S. (2003 - in press). Climate change and Arctic ecosystems I. Vegetation changes north of 55N between the last glacial maximum, mid-Holocene and present. Journal of Geophysical Research. (pdf)
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-09-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-09-28