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Climate of the Past An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Clim. Past, 12, 2255-2270, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-12-2255-2016
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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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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.
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