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-New European Pollen Database Support Group for Surface Samples (December 2009) 
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-It has been proposed establish a new EPD support group for 
-Surface Samples. The objective of this group will be to collect, 
-document, incorporate and maintain surface sample data within the EPD 
-for the benefit of the scientific community. 
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-At present there are no surface samples in the EPD, although a number 
-of groups and individuals around Europe have been working with various 
-collections of surface sample data for many years. The African and 
-North American Pollen Databases already include large collections of 
-surface samples, and the inclusion of surface samples in the EPD will 
-bring it in line with these other pollen databases. 
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-Surface samples provide a key resource for understanding and 
-interpreting the fossil pollen record. Examples include investigating 
-the relationship between pollen and actual vegetation or land-use, 
-taphonomic problems such as upslope transport or source area size, and 
-the development of pollen-climate transfer functions. 
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-The database will need to include not only pollen data, but also a 
-large amount of meta-data. Existing datasets have varying amounts of 
-metadata of varying quality, and it will be a big job just to check 
-existing information and add missing metadata. Metadata includes not 
-only simple things like source type (lake, moss polster, trap etc), 
-location (lat, long, altitude), contributor and references, but it 
-would also be useful to have other things like lake size, surrounding 
-vegetation etc. Core top data and its dating provides another problem 
-area. We would also like to make available climate data for each site 
-to allow the more general use of pollen-climate transfer functions, as 
-well as create greater standardisation and quality control of the 
-datasets used in such studies. 
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-Help requested: 
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-1. Volunteers! Would you like to get involved? Or know anyone else 
-who might be interested? 
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-2. Offers of data! Do you have a surface sample datasets to share, or 
-know of one that might be available (no matter how small)? 
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-3. Metadata requests. Do you have any special requests for meta-data ​ 
-you would like to have available? 
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-4. Any other feedback, opportunities for meetings or funding for 
-workshops? 
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-Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, 
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-Best regards, 
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-Basil Davis & Odile Peyron 
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-(basil.davis at epfl.ch) 
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-Update January 2010 
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-Thank you to everyone who has offered help/​data/​support so far: 
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-Jacqueline Van Leeuwen 
-Doris Barboni 
-Marie-Jose Gaillard-Lemdahl 
-Heikki Seppa 
-Jacques-Louis de Beaulieu 
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