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Studies of modern pollen assemblages for pollen dispersal- deposition- preservation process understanding and for pollen-based reconstructions of past vegetation, climate, and human impact: A review based on case studies in China
Hebei Normal University, China.
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Biology and Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2025-410X
Hebei Normal University, China.
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2016 (English)In: Quaternary Science Reviews, ISSN 0277-3791, E-ISSN 1873-457X, Vol. 149, 151-166 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fossil pollen, as a direct proxy record of past vegetation, and indirect proxy record of past climate, plays an essential role in revealing and reconstructing past vegetation and climate. However, relationships between pollen, vegetation and climate are not linear, hence quantitative reconstructions of past vegetation and climate based on pollen records are not straightforward, and results may be highly contradictory and difficult to interpret. One of the main causes of discrepancies between results has been the lack of comprehensive and systematical studies on modern pollen dispersal and deposition processes, particularly on the quantification of these processes. Based on empirical studies performed in China over the last 30 years, this paper provides the state-of-the-art of the understanding of pollen dispersal and deposition processes in China and the remaining questions to be investigated. We show that major progress has been achieved in the study of modern pollen dispersal and deposition processes, and in the application of models of the pollen-vegetation-climate relationships for quantitative reconstruction of past vegetation and climate. However, several issues are not entirely solved or understood yet, such as how to quantify the reworking and re-deposition of pollen grains in quaternary alluvial sediments, the influence of pollen preservation on pollen assemblages, and human impact on vegetation. Even so, the progress made during the last decades makes it possible to achieve significantly more precise and informative reconstructions of past vegetation, land-use and climate in China than was possible earlier.

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2016. Vol. 149, 151-166 p.
Keyword [en]
Deposition and preservation, Modern pollen assemblages, Pollen dispersal, Pollen productivity, Quantitative pollen-based reconstruction of past vegetation, climate and land use
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Climate Research Geology
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Environmental Science, Paleoecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56061DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.07.017ISI: 000383825400010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84979896395OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56061DiVA: diva2:971484
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Funding Details: 41371215, NSFC, National Natural Science Foundation of China

Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-08-31 Last updated: 2016-10-25Bibliographically approved

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