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The REVEALS model, a new tool to estimate past regional plant abundance from pollen data in large lakes: validation in southern Sweden

Hellman, Sofie; Gaillard, Marie-Jose; Broström, Anna LU and Sugita, Shinya (2008) In Journal of Quaternary Science 23(1). p.21-42
Abstract
The REVEALS model was developed to reconstruct quantitatively regional vegetation abundance (in a 10(4)-10(5) km(2) area) from pollen assemblages in large lakes (>= 100-500 ha). This model corrects for biases in pollen percentages caused by inter-taxonomic differences in pollen productivity and dispersal. This paper presents the first case study to validate REVEALS, using empirical data from southern Sweden. Percentage cover of modern regional vegetation in Skane and Smaland, two contrasting vegetation regions, was predicted with REVEALS for 26 key taxa, using pollen assemblages from surface sediments in 10 large lakes, and compared to the actual vegetation within 10(4) km(2) compiled from satellite data, forestry inventories, crop... (More)
The REVEALS model was developed to reconstruct quantitatively regional vegetation abundance (in a 10(4)-10(5) km(2) area) from pollen assemblages in large lakes (>= 100-500 ha). This model corrects for biases in pollen percentages caused by inter-taxonomic differences in pollen productivity and dispersal. This paper presents the first case study to validate REVEALS, using empirical data from southern Sweden. Percentage cover of modern regional vegetation in Skane and Smaland, two contrasting vegetation regions, was predicted with REVEALS for 26 key taxa, using pollen assemblages from surface sediments in 10 large lakes, and compared to the actual vegetation within 10(4) km(2) compiled from satellite data, forestry inventories, crop statistics, aerial photographs, and vegetation inventories. REVEALS works well in predicting the percentage cover of large vegetation units such as total trees (wooded land), total herbs (open land), total conifers and total broad-leaved trees, and it provides reasonable estimates for individual taxa, including Pinus, Picea, Betula, Corylus, Alnus, Tilia, Sahx spp., Juniperus, Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Cerealia and Secale. The results show great potential for REVEALS applications, including (1) quantitative reconstructions of past regional land cover important for palaeoclimatology and nature conservation, and (2) local-scale reconstruction of vegetation (<1 km(2) up to similar to 5 km(2) area) relevant for palaeoecology and archaeology. (Less)
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pollen-inferred regional estimates of vegetation abundance, pollen dispersal and deposition model, south Sweden, Holocene
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Journal of Quaternary Science
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21 - 42
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John Wiley & Sons
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1099-1417
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10.1002/jqs.1126
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  abstract     = {The REVEALS model was developed to reconstruct quantitatively regional vegetation abundance (in a 10(4)-10(5) km(2) area) from pollen assemblages in large lakes (&gt;= 100-500 ha). This model corrects for biases in pollen percentages caused by inter-taxonomic differences in pollen productivity and dispersal. This paper presents the first case study to validate REVEALS, using empirical data from southern Sweden. Percentage cover of modern regional vegetation in Skane and Smaland, two contrasting vegetation regions, was predicted with REVEALS for 26 key taxa, using pollen assemblages from surface sediments in 10 large lakes, and compared to the actual vegetation within 10(4) km(2) compiled from satellite data, forestry inventories, crop statistics, aerial photographs, and vegetation inventories. REVEALS works well in predicting the percentage cover of large vegetation units such as total trees (wooded land), total herbs (open land), total conifers and total broad-leaved trees, and it provides reasonable estimates for individual taxa, including Pinus, Picea, Betula, Corylus, Alnus, Tilia, Sahx spp., Juniperus, Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Cerealia and Secale. The results show great potential for REVEALS applications, including (1) quantitative reconstructions of past regional land cover important for palaeoclimatology and nature conservation, and (2) local-scale reconstruction of vegetation (&lt;1 km(2) up to similar to 5 km(2) area) relevant for palaeoecology and archaeology.},
  author       = {Hellman, Sofie and Gaillard, Marie-Jose and Broström, Anna and Sugita, Shinya},
  issn         = {1099-1417},
  keyword      = {pollen-inferred regional estimates of vegetation abundance,pollen dispersal and deposition model,south Sweden,Holocene},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {21--42},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {Journal of Quaternary Science},
  title        = {The REVEALS model, a new tool to estimate past regional plant abundance from pollen data in large lakes: validation in southern Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jqs.1126},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2008},
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