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The Eurasian Modern Pollen Database (EMPD), Version 2

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author DavisBasil,
Project HORNET Holocene Climate Reconstruction for the Northern Hemisphere Extra-tropics
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Earth System Science Data
Volume (Issue) 12
Page(s) 2423 - 2445
Title of proceedings Earth System Science Data
DOI 10.5194/essd-2020-14

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


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 https: // (Chevalier et al., 2019).