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Summer 2010, Nairobi, Kenya

Current African palaeofire data coverage: View Map


If you would like to be considered for the Palaeofires workshop in Africa, please complete the registration form and return it to Macharia Anthony (full details are given on the form).


We are raising funds to cover the costs of accommodation and food for all participants at the workshop. We hope participants will be able to cover their own travel costs, however, we do not want lack of funds to prevent people from attending and we are actively seeking funds to help us provide travel support for those who require it. We encourage everyone to register with the GPWG and participate in our efforts to gather and synthesize palaeofire information. However, we have limited space for the upcoming workshop, only 25 people will be able to attend, but we strongly encourage everyone to register and become a member of the GPWG.

Registration Form

For questions or information on the forthcoming workshop in Africa contact Macharia Njuguna Anthony


17-21 November 2008, Queens Court Exeter, UK

One focus of this workshop will be the role of fire in global biogeochemical cycles from the Last Glacial Maximum to present. To facilitate these discussions, we are continuing our data collection efforts and hope to incorporate many new charcoal records spanning the past 21,000 years before the workshop. If you are interested in this analysis, and particularly if you have longer records spanning the deglacial that are not in the database as yet, please contact us as soon as possible.

3rd workshop report | Webpage


22-26 October 2007, Dartington Hall, UK

The second Palaeofires Workshop was held 22-26 October, 2007 at Dartington Hall, Totnes, UK. This workshop, funded by PAGES, iLEAPS, and QUEST, explored several key research themes on palaeofires through the newly created Global Charcoal Database.

2nd Workshop Report


29 October-4 November 2006, Dartington Hall, UK

The palaeo-record provides ideal opportunities for evaluating components of earth system models. Charcoal records, in combination with information about changes in vegetation distribution, can be used to evaluate state-of-art coupled vegetation-fire models. A preliminary compilation of qualitative information about the change in fire regimes globally between the mid-Holocene and today (Marlon and Bartlein, unpublished data) shows coherent patterns of regional change in fire regime. However, for an adequate modeling test, this compilation had to be extended to cover the globe and other time periods.

Aims and Achievements of first Palaeofires Workshop:

  • to demonstrate the extensiveness of the data coverage globally
  • to strengthen community perception that charcoal records will provide a useful tool for reconstructing changes in fire regimes during the late Quaternary
  • to create a database archive of charcoal records, currently containing 449 records but expected to at least double in size over the next year
  • to create maps of changing fire regimes for key times in the past and use these to evaluate model simulations of fire regimes during the last glacial maximum and the mid-Holocene
  • to initiate work on two papers (Power et al., Marlon et al.) which, in addition to documenting the analyses carried out at the workshop, will publicise the Palaeofires component of the IGBP FTI on Fire
  • to create concrete plans to take this work forward over the next few years

The first workshop was funded by IGBP and QUEST

1st workshop report | Webpage

For questions or information on any of the palaeofire workshops contact Mitchell Power

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