The Eurasian Modern Pollen Database (EMPD), version 2

B. A. S. Davis, M. Chevalier, P. Sommer, V. A. Carter, W. Finsinger, A. Mauri, L. N. Phelps, M. Zanon, R. Abegglen, C. M. Åkesson, F. Alba-Sánchez, R. S. Anderson, T. G. Antipina, J. R. Atanassova, R. Beer, N. I. Belyanina, T. A. Blyakharchuk, O. K. Borisova, E. Bozilova, G. BukreevaM. J. Bunting, E. Clò, D. Colombaroli, N. Combourieu-Nebout, S. Desprat, F. Di Rita, M. Djamali, K. J. Edwards, P. L. Fall, A. Feurdean, W. Fletcher, A. Florenzano, G. Furlanetto, E. Gaceur, A. T. Galimov, M. Gałka, I. García-Moreiras, T. Giesecke, R. Grindean, M. A. Guido, I. G. Gvozdeva, U. Herzschuh, K. L. Hjelle, S. Ivanov, S. Jahns, V. Jankovska, G. Jiménez-Moreno, M. Karpińska-Kołaczek, I. Kitaba, P. Kołaczek, E. G. Lapteva, M. Latałowa, V. Lebreton, S. Leroy, M. Leydet, D. A. Lopatina, J. A. López-Sáez, A. F. Lotter, D. Magri, E. Marinova, I. Matthias, A. Mavridou, A. M. Mercuri, J. M. Mesa-Fernández, Y. A. Mikishin, K. Milecka, C. Montanari, C. Morales-Molino, A. Mrotzek, C. Muñoz Sobrino, O. D. Naidina, T. Nakagawa, A. B. Nielsen, E. Y. Novenko, S. Panajiotidis, N. K. Panova, M. Papadopoulou, H. S. Pardoe, A. Pędziszewska, T. I. Petrenko, M. J. Ramos-Román, C. Ravazzi, M. Rösch, N. Ryabogina, S. Sabariego Ruiz, J. S. Salonen, T. V. Sapelko, J. E. Schofield, H. Seppä, L. Shumilovskikh, N. Stivrins, P. Stojakowits, H. Svobodova Svitavska, J. Święta-Musznicka, I. Tantau, W. Tinner, K. Tobolski, S. Tonkov, M. Tsakiridou, V. Valsecchi, O. G. Zanina, M. Zimny

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The Eurasian (née European) Modern Pollen Database (EMPD) was established in 2013 to provide a public database of high-quality modern pollen surface samples to help support studies of past climate, land cover, and land use using fossil pollen. The EMPD is part of, and complementary to, the European Pollen Database (EPD) which contains data on fossil pollen found in Late Quaternary sedimentary archives throughout the Eurasian region. The EPD is in turn part of the rapidly growing Neotoma database, which is now the primary home for global palaeoecological data. This paper describes version 2 of the EMPD in which the number of samples held in the database has been increased by 60 % from 4826 to 8134. Much of the improvement in data coverage has come from northern Asia, and the database has consequently been renamed the Eurasian Modern Pollen Database to reflect this geographical enlargement. The EMPD can be viewed online using a dedicated map-based viewer at and downloaded in a variety of file formats at (Chevalier et al., 2019).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2423-2445
Number of pages23
JournalEarth System Science Data
Issue number4
Early online date9 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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Financial support.
This research has been supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant no. 200021_169598), with additional support from the University of Lausanne.

The EMPD includes data obtained from the Neotoma Palaeoecology Database and the European Pollen Database. The work of the data contributors and the scientific community supporting these databases is gratefully acknowledged.


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