Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Clim. Past, 13, 249–265, 2017

Special issue: Human–land–sea interactions in the Mediterranean...

Clim. Past, 13, 249–265, 2017

Research article 24 Mar 2017

Research article | 24 Mar 2017

Precipitation changes in the Mediterranean basin during the Holocene from terrestrial and marine pollen records: a model–data comparison

Odile Peyron et al.

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This study aims to reconstruct the climate evolution of the Mediterranean region during the Holocene from pollen data and model outputs. The model- and pollen-inferred precipitation estimates show overall agreement: the eastern Medit. experienced wetter-than-present summer conditions during the early–late Holocene. This regional climate model highlights how the patchy nature of climate signals and data in the Medit. may lead to stronger local signals than the large-scale pattern suggests.