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Chironomid-inferred temperature, Lake Silvaplana, Switzerland, 140 Years, Larocque et al. 2008, text or Excel, or 420 Years, Larocque et al. 2009, text or Excel, or 1000 Years, Larocque et al. 2010, text or Excel.
Chironomid data from lake cores from Canada have been contributed by Ian Walker (University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada). These data are in zipped Tilia 2.0 files with accompanying forms. The sites available thus far are: Cabin Lake, BC; Hippa Lake, BC; Marion Lake, BC; Mike Lake, BC; Misty Lake, BC; Tugulnuit Lake, BC; Wood Lake, BC; Basswood Road Lake/Splan Pond, NB; and Brier Island Bog, NS. For data description Click Here.North American Beetle Data:
A database of modern North American Beetles (2 Mbytes), and fossil data from Alaska, have been contributed by Scott Elias (University of Colorado, now at University of London).
Bugs Coleopteran Ecology Package:
Bugs Coleopteran Ecology Package (BugsCEP) is a research and teaching aid for palaeoentomology, Quaternary entomology and ecology. As well as habitat and distribution data, it includes tools for environmental and MCR climate reconstruction, and facilities for storing site based abundance/collection data. A variety of searching and reporting functions greatly augment the efficiency of insect based research on modern or fossil environments.
BugsCEP is built around a comprehensive database of insect ecology and fossil records which has been accumulated over the past 20 years. The geographical scope is mainly European, although some of the 770+ sites fall outside of this region. The latest version contains mainly beetle data, but also includes numerous non-beetle Quaternary taxa including flies, bugs and ants, totalling over 9400 taxa. Bibliographic data is included throughout.
The system has been developed by Philip I. Buckland (Umeå University, Sweden) and the data collated by Paul Buckland (Sheffield, UK), and is available for free from http://www.bugscep.com/ or from the WDC Paleo.
BugsCEP will run on any Windows 2000 or XP/Vista machine (please download
the appropriate version), but requires MS Excel for some of the advanced
output functions. The 2000 version may run on Windows NT4, but has not been tested.
Download BugsCEP: Windows XP/Vista (updated 25 Jan 2010) or Windows 2000 (updated 21 Jan 2008) (Note: Large files, 53 MB). Existing users may download the data file only to reduce download and installation times (see BUGS website).
There are a couple of known software compatibility problems, so please see the BugsCEP download and support pages if you run into trouble.
Phil Buckland's Umeå University thesis provides documentation for the database and a number of case studies.
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