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bdavis [The EPD surface sample database]
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bdavis [Introduction]
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 The development of publicly-accessible databases of fossil pollen data in the last 20 years such as the European Pollen Database (EPD) (http://​www.europeanpollendatabase.net/​),​ have provided scientists with an unrivalled source of information to study past changes in terrestrial vegetation, land-cover and climate at large spatial scales over the Quaternary period. Interpreting this fossil pollen record however requires a clear understanding of the relationship between pollen as the proxy, and the environmental parameter (vegetation,​ land-cover, climate) that the pollen proxy represents. Understanding this relationship has largely been achieved through the use of modern pollen surface samples. The development of publicly-accessible databases of fossil pollen data in the last 20 years such as the European Pollen Database (EPD) (http://​www.europeanpollendatabase.net/​),​ have provided scientists with an unrivalled source of information to study past changes in terrestrial vegetation, land-cover and climate at large spatial scales over the Quaternary period. Interpreting this fossil pollen record however requires a clear understanding of the relationship between pollen as the proxy, and the environmental parameter (vegetation,​ land-cover, climate) that the pollen proxy represents. Understanding this relationship has largely been achieved through the use of modern pollen surface samples.
  
-There is a pressing need from the European scientific community for a standardised,​ fully documented and quality-controlled dataset of modern pollen samples which can be openly accessed, and to which scientists can also contribute and help maintain. After a major community based effort starting in 2011 we have now established a modern surface sample database within the EPD that contains almost 5000 samples. The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) is available to download. ​+There is a pressing need from the European scientific community for a standardised,​ fully documented and quality-controlled dataset of modern pollen samples which can be openly accessed, and to which scientists can also contribute and help maintain. After a major community based effort starting in 2011 we have now established a modern surface sample database within the EPD that contains almost 5000 samples. The European Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) is now available ​and free to download. ​ 
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 +The first stage of the database resulted in a publication co-authored by all participants [[http://​arve.unil.ch/​pub/​EMPD/​Davis_et_al_2013.pdf|Davis et al. 2013]]. Please note the additional [[http://​arve.unil.ch/​pub/​EMPD/​Davis_et_al_2013_Erratum.pdf|Erratum]] which provides some important corrections,​ particularly to the official author list.  
  
 **We are now attempting a second stage of expansion to further increase the size of the EMPD**\\ ​ **We are now attempting a second stage of expansion to further increase the size of the EMPD**\\ ​
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-===== The EPD needs your help! ===== 
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-** We need surface sample data and we need people to help in the compilation process ​ ** 
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-The workshop is only one small part of the process. The most important part is the submission of data. If you have surface samples or core-top samples you are willing to share, no matter how big or small, then please send them in. We need the following information with the pollen data: 
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-1) Author/​Analyst and contact address & email\\ 
-2) Any references/​publications relating to the samples\\ 
-3) Location (Latitude, Longitude, Altitude)\\ 
-4) Type of sample (eg core top from lake/bog, moss polster, soil sample etc)\\ 
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-The following would also be useful: 
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-5) Site description (type of site eg lake or bog etc, physical setting eg valley bottom, mountain top etc)\\ 
-6) Size of site (eg hectare of lake or bog)\\ 
-7) Surrounding vegetation\\ 
-8) Collection method (eg trap, corer, assimilation of multiple-samples from area etc)\\ 
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-We welcome any data from Europe (including Russia), the Middle East and North Africa, and including marine data. 
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-** If at all possible, please download a copy of the metadata file and fill in all relevant fields accordingly. **\\ 
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-** Submissions for the first version of the database are now closed. Any data submitted will instead be made available in original form via FTP site until the first official update to the database occurs. ** 
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-===== Contact ===== 
  
-** If you would like to help, or wish to submit data, please contact Basil Davis: basil.davis(at)unil.ch ​ ** 
  
 ===== References ===== ===== References =====
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