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Extending the applicability of the REVEALS model for pollen-based vegetation reconstructions to coastal lagoons

Azuara, Julien, Mazier, Florence, Lebreton, Vincent, Sugita, Shinya, Viovy, Nicolas, Combourieu-Nebout, Nathalie
TheHolocene 2019 v.29 no.7 pp. 1109-1112
basins, bogs, climate, coastal water, coasts, environmental hazards, fossils, geometry, lakes, mechanistic models, peat, pollen, pollen flow, vegetation, wind direction
Quantitative reconstruction of past plant abundance from fossil pollen data is still a challenging task for palynologists. During the last decades, mechanistic methods have been developed to convert pollen assemblages from peat and lake deposits into vegetation abundance at regional and local scale. Coastal areas are particularly sensitive to climate and environmental hazards. Thus, quantitative estimates of past vegetation are important to better understand their history and address potential effects of future environmental changes. However, assumptions of the mechanistic models of pollen dispersal and deposition originally designed for near-circular lakes and bogs located inland are violated when applied to coastal sites because of different basin shape and wind direction distribution. This study investigates how to adapt a model of pollen dispersal and deposition developed for lakes to coastal lagoons. A new geometry is defined, and it is demonstrated how some of the major formulas from previous models can be used without any modification in this singular context.