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Preliminary land ecosystem maps of the world since the Last Glacial Maximum.

Editors: J.M. Adams (1) and H. Faure (2).

Quaternary Environments Network (QEN)*

(1) Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Gwanak-Ro, Seoul, South Korea

(2) Professor Emeritus, Université D'Aix-Marseille II.

* QEN participants are named in the text sections on each region. The views expressed here, and the map reconstructions, are ultimately the responsibility of the editors and do not necessarily represent the views of the individual participants.

Introduction to the Project

Details of the vegetation categories used in the maps

QEN Global Atlas of Palaeovegetation; maps for 18,000 8,000 and 5,000 y.a.

view NEW set of vegetation maps at more frequent time intervals

The QEN home page is maintained by Jonathan Adams, whose work is funded by the Lockheed-Martin Corporation in the form of a Eugene P. Wigner Fellowship. The homepage is also related to the work of INQUA Paleocarbon Commission (President; Hugues Faure, Vice-President; Andreij Velichko, Secretary; Jonathan Adams). The aim of the QEN page is to provide map information for biogeochemists, archaeologists, biogeographers and others with an interest in broadscale ecosystem changes on the timescale of the last 20,000 years. Other resources provided in relation to the Terrestrial Carbon Commission include a Quaternary ecosystem carbon storage database and the Newsletter of the INQUA Terrestrial Carbon Commission.

Suggested citation format for the QEN pages:

Adams J.M. & Faure H. (1997) (ed.s), QEN members. Review and Atlas of Palaeovegetation: Preliminary land ecosystem maps of the world since the Last Glacial Maximum. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN, USA.

Jonathan Adams