Natural and Human-Transformed Vegetation and Landscape Reflected by Modern Pollen Data in the Boreonemoral Zone of Northeastern Europe

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Stivrins , N , Briede , A , Steinberga , D , Jasiunas , N , Jeskins , J , Kalnina , L , Maksims , A , Rendenieks , Z & Trasune , L 2021 , ' Natural and Human-Transformed Vegetation and Landscape Reflected by Modern Pollen Data in the Boreonemoral Zone of Northeastern Europe ' , Forests , vol. 12 , no. 9 , 1166 . https://doi.org/10.3390/f12091166

Title: Natural and Human-Transformed Vegetation and Landscape Reflected by Modern Pollen Data in the Boreonemoral Zone of Northeastern Europe
Author: Stivrins, Normunds; Briede, Agrita; Steinberga, Dace; Jasiunas, Nauris; Jeskins, Jurijs; Kalnina, Laimdota; Maksims, Alekss; Rendenieks, Zigmars; Trasune, Liva
Contributor organization: Department of Geosciences and Geography
Date: 2021-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Forests
ISSN: 1999-4907
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/f12091166
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/339706
Abstract: Modern pollen composition obtained from waterbody surface sediment represents surrounding vegetation and landscape features. A lack of detailed information on modern pollen from Latvia potentially limits the strength of various pollen-based reconstructions (vegetation composition, climate, landscape, human impact) for this territory. The aim of this study is to compare how modern pollen from natural and human-made waterbodies reflects the actual vegetation composition and landscape characteristics. Modern pollen analyses from surface sediment samples of 36 waterbodies from Latvia alongside oceanic-continental, lowland-upland, urban-rural and forested-agricultural gradients have been studied. In addition, we considered the dominant Quaternary sediment, soil type and land use around the studied waterbodies in buffer zones with widths of one and four km. The information on climate for the last 30 years from the closest meteorological station for each study site was obtained. Data were analyzed using Pearson correlation and principal component analysis. Results show that relative pollen values from surface sediment of waterbodies reflect dominant vegetation type and land use. Modern forest biomass had a positive correlation with pollen accumulation rate, indicating the potential use of pollen-based forest biomass reconstructions for the boreonemoral zone after additional research and calibration.
Subject: forest
agriculture
natural
urban
lake
pond
Latvia
CORINE
QUANTITATIVE RECONSTRUCTION
ACCUMULATION RATES
SOURCE AREA
SEDIMENTS
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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