Paleofire reconstructions in the Central European lowlands

To understand the role of fire in a naturally not fire prone region and its importance in the light of past and future climate change, multiple classical and new proxy approaches are used at different spatio-temporal scales. Sedimentary charcoal records from northern Germany to the Baltic countries will be evaluated to disentangle natural (climate, fuel) from human fire relationships throughout the Holocene. New fire proxies such as the molecular markers levoglucosan and its isomers will be tested to get deeper insight into past fire regimes of the most recent centuries using varved lake sediments of northern Poland and northeastern Germany.


  • Polish Academy of Sciences PAN
  • University Greifswald
  • Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) Texel 
  • GFZ sections 5.1 and 3.2 



  • GFZ


Elisabeth Dietze
Dr. Elisabeth Dietze
Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution
Building B, Room 222
14473 Potsdam
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