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Climate of the Past An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Clim. Past, 12, 2255-2270, 2016
http://www.clim-past.net/12/2255/2016/
doi:10.5194/cp-12-2255-2016
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Research article
21 Dec 2016
Assessing performance and seasonal bias of pollen-based climate reconstructions in a perfect model world
Kira Rehfeld et al.
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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (16 Apr 2016) by Dr. Eduardo Zorita  
AR by Dr. Kira Rehfeld on behalf of the Authors (17 May 2016)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (25 May 2016) by Dr. Eduardo Zorita
RR by John Williams (09 Nov 2016)  
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (10 Nov 2016) by Dr. Eduardo Zorita  
AR by Dr. Kira Rehfeld on behalf of the Authors (26 Nov 2016)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (05 Dec 2016) by Dr. Eduardo Zorita  
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Short summary
Indirect evidence on past climate comes from the former composition of ecological communities such as plants, preserved as pollen grains in sediments of lakes. Transfer functions convert relative counts of species to a climatologically meaningful scale (e.g. annual mean temperature in degrees C). We show that the fundamental assumptions in the algorithms impact the reconstruction results in he idealized model world, in particular if the reconstructed variables were not ecologically relevant.
Indirect evidence on past climate comes from the former composition of ecological communities...
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