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The Lake Silvaplana papers

Intrigued by the slightest of hints of rare mønsters in the Lake Żabińskie chironomid data, I decided to re-read all the papers on the chironomid stratigraphy from the varved Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland, by the same author. These papers, which reconstruct … Continue reading

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Odd ordination of the day

Your challenge is to identify half a dozen unexpected features in this Detrended Constrained Correspondence Analysis from Larocque-Tobler (2010). Bonus points if you can interpret the last two sentences of the caption.

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Air temperature, lake temperature

I’m interested in lake temperatures because I want to go swimming. I’m also interested because some palaeolimnological proxies, for example chironomids, are probably most sensitive to water temperature but are calibrated against and used to reconstruct air temperature. The stronger … Continue reading

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Are Tibetan chironomids mesmerised by solar variability?

It’s been a while since I examined a paper that purports to present palaeoecological evidence for a climate response to solar variability. But last night, flicking through the recently published papers in Quaternary Science Reviews, I came across Zhang et … Continue reading

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Chironomid vs pollen: Holocene climate change in southern Europe

Pollen-inferred summer temperature reconstructions from southern Europe show cool early-Holocene summers and warmer late-Holocene summers (Davis et al 2003, Mauri et al 2015). In contrast,  warm early-Holocene summers are reconstructed elsewhere in Europe and most of the mid-high latitude Northern … Continue reading

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Performance of chironomid-temperature transfer functions

Chrironomid (non-biting midges) are sensitive to temperature (Eggermont and Heiri 2011), and because their head-capsules preserve well in lake sediments, their fossil assemblages can be use to reconstruct past temperature with a transfer function trained on the chironomid-temperature relationship in … Continue reading

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why would anyone not trust the author????

I have already shown that ordinations of the Lake Żabińskie fossil assemblages are weirder than you ever imagined possible. Now it is time to look at figure 2 of Larocque-Tobler et al (2015) which shows an ordination of the chironomid … Continue reading

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