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Clim. Past, 18, 1189–1201, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-18-1189-2022
Clim. Past, 18, 1189–1201, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-18-1189-2022
Research article
25 May 2022
Research article | 25 May 2022

Reconstructing burnt area during the Holocene: an Iberian case study

Yicheng Shen et al.

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We present a method to reconstruct burnt area using a relationship between pollen and charcoal abundances and the calibration of charcoal abundance using modern observations of burnt area. We use this method to reconstruct changes in burnt area over the past 12 000 years from sites in Iberia. We show that regional changes in burnt area reflect known changes in climate, with a high burnt area during warming intervals and low burnt area when the climate was cooler and/or wetter than today.