Global Paleovegetation Mapping Project

Project Description
"Climate-vegetation interactions: a 6000 yr BP experiment" is a current focus of GAIM. The experiment aims to quantify the importance of biogeophysical feedbacks in the climate system by comparing the performance of coupled and uncoupled climate-biosphere models, driven by the Earth's orbitally-induced change in seasonal insolation from 6000 yr BP to present. The existing, extensive coverage of palaeodata describing the state of the terrestrial biosphere at 6000 yr BP should provide a decisive standard against which to evaluate the model results.

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