Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Clim. Past, 12, 1263–1280, 2016
Clim. Past, 12, 1263–1280, 2016
Research article
01 Jun 2016
Research article | 01 Jun 2016

Inferring late-Holocene climate in the Ecuadorian Andes using a chironomid-based temperature inference model

Frazer Matthews-Bird et al.

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Chironomidae are a family of two-winged aquatic fly of the order Diptera. The family is species rich (> 5000 described species) and extremely sensitive to environmental change, particualy temperature. Across the Northern Hemisphere, chironomids have been widely used as paleotemperature proxies as the chitinous remains of the insect are readily preserved in lake sediments. This is the first study using chironomids as paleotemperature proxies in tropical South America.