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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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-===== Contact ===== 
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-** 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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