PMP WORKING GROUPS

Eight working groups were created. The following list includes the name of each working group, a short description of the aims that the group is focusing on, and the names and e-mail-addresses of its coordinator and its participants. Working groups are open to anyone interested in these or related subjects. To participate, please contact the coordinator.
    • PMP Working Group 1:
    • Tauber traps + aerobiology monitoring and long-distance problems.
    • Concentrates on tracing long-distance pollen transport (for example Ambrosia) by comparing Tauber trap results with those from nearby volumetric air samplers.
    • Coordinator: Laimdota Kalnina, laimdota.kalnina : lu.lv
    • PMP Working Group 2:
    • Climate change and pollen production.
    • Climatic variability between years is doubtless an important cause for variability in pollen accumulation rates. We will explore this for key taxa across all pollen-trap regions.
    • Coordinator: Pim van der Knaap, knaap : ips.unibe.ch
    • PMP Working Group 3:
    • Estimating pollen productivity (PPE) for major wind-pollinating species.
    • This will also include estimating tree biomass, and correlation of trends in pollen accumulation rates between pollen traps and sediment profiles.
    • Coordinator: Anneli Poska, anneli.poska : ttu.ee
    • PMP Working Group 4:
    • Landscape change, both gradual and dramatic.
    • We study how landscape change is reflected in pollen accumulation rates. An example of gradual change is secondary succession in forest openings. Examples of dramatic change are the different vegetation units of slash-and-burn activity, and the change after a fire.
    • Coordinator: Anne Bjune, anne.bjune : bjerknes.uib.no
    • PMP Working Group 5:
    • Comparing pollen traps and other surface samples.
    • We compare how different sources of modern pollen data (pollen traps, mosses, lake sediment) reflect the actual vegetation.
    • Coordinator: Mariana Filipova-Marinova, marianafilipova : yahoo.com
    • PMP Working Group 6 (two subgroups):
    • Concentration on focal species.
    • PMP Working Group 6a:
    • Concentration on tracing pollen deposition of selected tree taxa.
    • We will compare the pollen deposition by Fagus, Abies, Picea and other major tree species in transects across different vegetation units in Europe, and search for correlation of peak years of pollen deposition.
    • Coordinator: Irena Pidek, i.pidek : poczta.umcs.lublin.pl
    • PMP Working Group 6b:
    • The pollen deposition by under-represented non-aroboreal taxa.
    • It is clear that several key taxa, including Pteridium aquilinum and Rhododendron ponticum, are under-represented in both pollen traps and other surface samples. The reasons for the poor representation of such taxa will be explored.
    • Coordinator: Heather Pardoe, Heather.Pardoe : museumwales.ac.uk
    • PMP Working Group 7:
    • Applying modern pollen spectra to fossil profiles.
    • The working group will focus on case studies where PAR can be used to arrive at more quantitative reconstructions of the past using the knowledge gained from pollen trapping experiments.
    • Coordinator: Voitech Abraham, vojtech.abraham : gmail.com
    • PMP Working Group 8:
    • Database development, web page.
    • This working group aims to deal with upcoming issues regarding the database and Web pages and will support the work of the other working groups.
    • Coordinator: Ants Aader, ants : aader.com

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