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A global database of Holocene paleotemperature records

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Kaufman Darrell, McKay Nicholas, Routson Cody, Erb Michael, Davis Basil, Heiri Oliver, Jaccard Samuel, Tierney Jessica, Dätwyler Christoph, Axford Yarrow, Brussel Thomas, Cartapanis Olivier, Chase Brian, Dawson Andria, de Vernal Anne, Engels Stefan, Jonkers Lukas, Marsicek Jeremiah, Moffa-Sánchez Paola, Morrill Carrie, Orsi Anais, Rehfeld Kira, Saunders Krystyna, Sommer Philipp S., et al. ,
Project Exploring novel technologies and developing data stewardship to advance radiocarbon geochronology of lake sediments
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Scientific Data
Volume (Issue) 7(1)
Page(s) 115 - 115
Title of proceedings Scientific Data
DOI 10.1038/s41597-020-0445-3

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


A comprehensive database of paleoclimate records is needed to place recent warming into the longer-term context of natural climate variability. We present a global compilation of quality-controlled, published, temperature-sensitive proxy records extending back 12,000 years through the Holocene. Data were compiled from 679 sites where time series cover at least 4000 years, are resolved at sub-millennial scale (median spacing of 400 years or finer) and have at least one age control point every 3000 years, with cut-off values slackened in data-sparse regions. The data derive from lake sediment (51%), marine sediment (31%), peat (11%), glacier ice (3%), and other natural archives. The database contains 1319 records, including 157 from the Southern Hemisphere. The multi-proxy database comprises paleotemperature time series based on ecological assemblages, as well as biophysical and geochemical indicators that reflect mean annual or seasonal temperatures, as encoded in the database. This database can be used to reconstruct the spatiotemporal evolution of Holocene temperature at global to regional scales, and is publicly available in Linked Paleo Data (LiPD) format.