Pollen-based reconstruction of vegetation patterns of China in mid-Holocene

Ge Yu*, Xiangjun Sun, Boqiang Qin, Changqing Song, Haiyu Li, I. C. Prentice, S. P. Harrison

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Biomization provides an important way to assign pollen taxa to biomes and to simulate palaeo-vegetation patterns, so that pollen data can be mapped to reconstruct biogeography and climate. The authors have tested the applicability of this procedure to assign modern pollen surface samples from China to biomes. The procedure successfully delineated the major vegetation types of China. When the same procedure was applied to 6 ka B.P. fossil pollen samples, the reconstructions showed that the forest zones were systematically shifted northwards ca. 300-500 km beyond their present northern limits in eastern China; the area of desert and steppe vegetation was reduced compared to the present in northwestern China; the area of tundra was reduced largely on the Tibetan Plateau. This research is a contribution to the project of BIOME 6000 in Pacific-Asian regions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalScience in China, Series D: Earth Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomization and mapping
  • China
  • Mid-Holocene
  • Pollen
  • Vegetation patterns


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