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NECLIME working group on climate

Coordination: Angela A. Bruch, Torsten Utescher

The NECLIME working group on climate focuses on quantitative methods of climate reconstruction, their theoretical background, their impact on biome modeling based on paleoclimate data, and comparisons of proxy-based reconstructions with model data. Various approaches are discussed regarding the validity of their methodologies and exploring their precision and accuracy. A focus of the working group lies also on the quality of data sources such as modern climate data, biome maps, and plant distribution. Different methods for extracting climatic requirements of plant (and other) taxa using statistical processes are assessed. This NECLIME working group aims for a deeper understanding of paleoclimate changes in a warmer world and the sensitivity of environments to past climate change.

Forthcoming meeting

Workshops of the NECLIME working group on climate will be announced here.

Past workshops and reports

4th workshop, Liège (Belgium), 2017 - Report
3rd workshop, Stratton Audley (United Kingdom), 2015 - Outline and report
2nd workshop, Stratton Audley (United Kingdom), 2012
1st workshop, in Frankfurt (Germany), 2010 - Report

Photos of past workshops here


Useful links

WorldClim
Maps, graphs, tables, and data of the global climate for free download.

EUFORGEN
European tree species distribution maps by the European Forest Genetic Resources Programe.

Atlas Florae Europaeae (AFE)
AFE is a running long-term programme for mapping the distribution of vascular plants in Europe. The original aim is to offer complementary maps with taxonomic notes of species and subspecies for the published Flora Europaea.

European Atlas of Forest Tree Species
Organized by the European Commission, this comprehensive work is a scientific publication, in which researchers and forest specialists can find rigorous and up-to-date information on the many tree species of our forests, and a publication suited for education and the dissemination of information about the richness of our forests to our generation and future generations.

Atlas of Relations between climatic parameters and distributions of important trees and shrubs in North America
Atlas published by Thompson et al. (1999) exploring the geographic ranges of woody plant species and climate in North America.

G-Bif
Free and Open Access to Biodiversity Data

Tropicos
The Tropicos database links over 1.33M scientific names with over 4.87M specimens and over 685K digital images. The data includes over 150K references from over 52.6K publications offered as a free service to the world’s scientific community.

The Botanical Information and Ecology Network (BIEN)
BIEN is a network ecologists, botanists, and computer scientists working together to document global patterns of plant diversity, function and distribution.

Forestplots.net
Forestplots.net tracks more than 2,000 forest plots in 31 countries and is helping to measure, monitor, and analyze the world’s tropical forests.

African Plant Database
The database comprises currently 203,984 names of African plants with their nomenclatural status.

Plants of southern Africa
This website provides access to South African plant names (taxa), specimens (herbarium sheets) and observations of plants made in the field (botanical records).

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