Articles | Volume 14, issue 10
Research article
23 Oct 2018
Research article |  | 23 Oct 2018

Fire, vegetation, and Holocene climate in a southeastern Tibetan lake: a multi-biomarker reconstruction from Paru Co

Alice Callegaro, Dario Battistel, Natalie M. Kehrwald, Felipe Matsubara Pereira, Torben Kirchgeorg, Maria del Carmen Villoslada Hidalgo, Broxton W. Bird, and Carlo Barbante

Data sets

Paru Co, Tibetan Plateau Holocene Sediment Geochemical Data A. Callegaro, F. Matsubara Pereira, D. Battistel, N. M. Kehrwald, B. W. Bird, T. Kirchgeorg, and C. Barbante

A Tibetan lake sediment record of Holocene Indian summer monsoon variability ( B. W. Bird, P. J. Polissar, Y. Lei, L. G. Thompson, T. Yao, B. P. Finney, D. J. Bain, D. P. Pompeani, and B. Steinman

Holocene vegetation and climate histories in the eastern Tibetan Plateau: Controls by insolation-driven temperature or monsoon-derived precipitation changes? ( Y. Zhao, Z. Yu, and W. Zhao

Short summary
Holocene fires and vegetation are reconstructed using different molecular markers with a single analytical method, applied for the first time to lake sediments from Tibet. The early Holocene shows oscillations between grasses and conifers, with smouldering fires represented by levoglucosan peaks, and high-temperature fires represented by PAHs. The lack of human FeSts excludes local human influence on fire and vegetation changes. Late Holocene displays an increase in local to regional combustion.