Adequate incorporation of land cover in global and regional climate models is still one of the major priorities in the climate modelling community. In particular, anthropogenic land cover change (ALCC) is still not successfully implemented in these models. As a result, climate modelling in paleo-mode or projection mode that tries to take ALCC into account is seriously hampered (Strandberg et al., 2014). The PAGES LandCover6k working group addresses land-cover change across the globe that is climate-induced, natural, AND human-induced due to anthropogenic land use from ca. 1-2 millennia before the start of agriculture. The History Database of the Global Environment (HYDE) has been developed to address these questions, amongst other applications. Planned products of LandCover6k are A) Largely improved HYDE and KK models for the Holocene using land-use and land-cover reconstructions from paleo-ecological data and historical/archaeological data using products B) Land-cover and land-use maps for time windows and/or periods of the Holocene.
Interested in this talk? You can attend the lunch lecture at 1 September 2015 at 12.15, department of Physical Geography, Zonneveldvleugel, Zon 027 (bring your own lunch).