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All the pollen

“And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the metadata passed out of all knowledge.” A couple of months ago, Eric Grimm gave … 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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In eight-dimensional space, no one can hear your data scream

Mauri et al (2015) make a gridded climate reconstruction for Europe over the Holocene based on almost 900 pollen stratigraphies. The hope is that the reconstruction will be useful for evaluating climate models. This is a useful goal – if the climate models … Continue reading

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Was China 6-8 K warmer in winter 6000 years ago?

Monckton, Soon, Legates & Briggs have published a paper in the Science Bulletin (formerly Chinese Science Bulletin), which, despite having an impact factor of 1.365, is “one of the world’s top six learned journals of science”. Allegedly. In their paper, … Continue reading

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New Paper: Tundra and Taiga Transfer Function – Klemm et al 2013

One of the things I did while on sabbatical at AWI in Potsdam in 2012 was to collaborate with Ulrike Herzschuh’s research group, applying the methods I had developed for testing the impact of spatial autocorrelation on transfer functions (Telford and Birks, 2009) and the … Continue reading

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