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Global Charcoal Database


Background

The Global Charcoal Database (version 1.0) is a Microsoft Access database containing the complete set of site, sample, dating and charcoal data as well as metadata, such as contact and publication information, that was used in the paper "Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data" published in Climate Dynamics. A description of the data is contained in this paper, and the complete citation is listed below.

These data are provided as-is. In some cases, data may be missing or may differ from originally published data due to database entry, import and conversion methods. These data were compiled by the Global Palaeofire Working Group (GPWG). Please see their website for additional information on the development of the GPWG and the history of the database.

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Data Access

The data are provided in a Microsoft Access database format. Individual ASCII text files for each site will be available shortly as part of the International Multiproxy Paleofire Database (IMPD). The data archived here were last updated October 18, 2007.

Download the Global Charcoal Database (version 1.0).

To contribute data to the Global Charcoal Database, please contact Mitch Power and use the Charcoal Sediment Data Submission Form at the IMPD.

Data Citation

Please cite the original data contributors and the following Climate Dynamics paper when using this database.

Abbreviated citation:
Power, M.J., Marlon, J., et al.. 2008. Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 7-8, pp. 887-907, June 2008. [DOI 10.1007/s00382-007-0334-x].

Full citation:
Power, M.J., Marlon, J., Ortiz, N., Bartlein, P.J., Harrison, S.P., Mayle, F.E., Ballouche, A., Bradshaw, R., Carcaillet, C., Cordova, C., Mooney, S., Moreno, P., Prentice, I.C., Thonicke, K., Tinner, W., Whitlock, C., Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Anderson, R.S., Beer, R., Behling, H., Briles, C., Brown, K.J., Brunelle A., Bush, M., Camill, P., Chu, G.Q., Clark, J., Colombaroli, D., Connor, S., Daniels, M., Daniau, A.-L., Dodson, J., Doughty, E., Edwards, M.E., Fisinger, W., Foster, D., Frechette J., Gaillard, M.-J., Gil-Romera, G. Gavin, D.G., Gobet, E., Haberle, S., Hallett, D.J., Higuera, P., Hope, G., Horn, S., Impagliazzo, S., Inoue, J., Kaltenrieder, P., Kennedy, L., Kong, Z.C., Larsen, C., Long, C.J., Lynch, J., Lynch, B., McGlone, M., Meeks, S., Mensing, S., Meyer, G., Minckley, T., Mohr, J, Nelson, D., New, J., Newnham, R., Noti, R., Oswald, W., Pierce, J., Richard, P.J.H., Rowe, C., Sanchez Goñi, M.F., Shuman, B.J., Takahara, H., Toney, J., Turney, C., Umbanhower, C., Vandergoes, M., Vanniere, B., Vescovi, E., Walsh, M., Wang, X., Williams, N., Wilmshurst, J., Zhang , J.H.. 2008. Changes in fire regimes since the Last Glacial Maximum: an assessment based on a global synthesis and analysis of charcoal data. Climate Dynamics, Vol. 30, No. 7-8, pp. 887-907, June 2008. [DOI 10.1007/s00382-007-0334-x].

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