LandCover6k News

Blog post

Crystal McMichael wrote the blog article "Exploring the Llanos de Moxos, Bolivia" which discusses her time at the LandUse6k meeting at the International Meeting of Amazonian Archaeology in Trinidad, Bolivia, in early October 2017. LandUse6k, based at the University of Chicago, is a direct contributor to LandCover6k.

(Published: Oct 2017)
Meeting information

Group leader Marie-José Gaillard and PAGES Executive Director Marie-France Loutre will be speaking at the QRA Annual Discussion Meeting at the University of Plymouth, UK, from 3-5 January 2018. All details here.

(Published: Oct 2017)
Important update October 2017

Achievements of the past year and plans ahead. Access the pdf (405KB) here.

(Published: Oct 2017)
Presentations at PMIP conference

There will be 4 presentations from LandCover6k at the 1st PMIP4 Conference in Stockholm in September 2017. There is still the possibility to register for the conference until 31 July.

LandCover6k contributions:

Gaillard M-J, Harrison S P, Anupama K, Cao X, Chaput M, Dallmeyer A, Dawson A, Edwards ME, Gajewski K, Herzschuh U, Hopla E, Klein-Goldewijk K, Li F, Marchant R, Marquer L, Trondman A-K, Williams J & PAGES LandCover6k community. Holocene pollen-based land-cover reconstructions for climate model bench-marking.

Li F, Gaillard M-J, Herzschuh U, Cao X Sugita S, Ni J, Zhao Y, Xu Q & data contributors. Pollen-based land-cover change during the Holocene in temperate China for climate modelling.

Stocker BS, Klein-Goldewijk K, Gaillard M-J. Evaluating revised past land-use change scenarios within global carbon cycle constraints - a roadmap for including PAGES Landcover6K products for model-intercomparison.

Trondman A-K, Pirzamanbein B, Gaillard M-J, Lindström J & Poska A. Pollen-based vegetation-cover change in space and time over the Holocene in Europe for climate model bench-marking.

(Published: Jul 2017)
LandCover6k workshops

The PAGES LandCover6k workshop "Putting History to Work on Climate Change", a workshop on global land-use classification held in Paris on 22-23 October 2015 at the University of Chicago Center, was a success. It brought together many geographers, historians and archaeologists from all parts of the world, and the outcomes are concrete solutions on land-use classification for the purpose of global syntheses of past land use, and plans on how and when to do this. A complete report on the workshop will be published on the homepage of LandCover6k in December (contact, Marie-José Gaillard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Prior to that workshop, on 21 October 2015, LandCover6k had a half-day workshop in Paris on methodological issues related to mapping past land cover and land use for the purpose of climate modeling, which is the main goal of LandCover6k. The outcomes of this workshop are also concrete decisions on how LandCover6k will proceed with its planned products, which will be published on the LandCover6k homepage in December (contact Kathleen Morrison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

LandCover6k Steering group meeting

The Steering group of LandCover6k includes a core group of nine scientists and all coordinators of the nine working subgroups. The core group and a few subgroup coordinators (subgroups six and nine) had its meeting on 9 November 2015 via Skype. The outcomes will be published on the homepage of Landcover6k in December. Two Steering meetings will be held via Skype with the other working subgroups coordinators in December (dates still to be decided; contact, Marie-José Gaillard This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

LandCover6k training courses

Because of the large interest for a second LandCover6k training course in pollen-vegetation modeling and pollen-based quantitative reconstructions of vegetation cover, we will organize such a course in 2016. Information will be sent out at the beginning of the year.

(Published: Nov 2015)


Training Course - Register your interest in taking a course

The training course/workshop on "Pollen source area theory, modeling pollen-vegetation relationships, and dealing with reconstruction uncertainty" at the University of Reading (UK, September 7-11) ran very successfully. It appears to match the needs of scientists willing to contribute to LandCover6k and willing to progress in their approaches to solve palaeoecological questions. Also, shortly before the start of the training course, a number of people contacted us, but the number of attendees was limited to 20. Therefore, we intend to offer a second training course of the same type at the beginning of next year. In order to organise this, it would be important for us to get an idea on how large the interest is. 

If you are interested in such a training course, please send an email to Marie-José Gaillard (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with your name, surname, affiliation, email address, and indicating whether you would need financial support (yes or no).

(Published: Sep 2015)


Seeking historians and archeologists

LandCover6k needs more historians and archeologists willing to collaborate with paleoecologists and help with reconstruction of historical and prehistorical deforestation by humans on Earth in quantitative terms. If interested, please email the Land Use Coordinator.

(Published: May 2015)