Paleofire data synthesis using R: A Global Paleofire Working Group (GPWG) workshop

02.10 - 06.10.2013
Besancon, France
Contact person:
Boris Vannière, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Registrations close: 22nd July 2013

The aim of the Global Palaeofire Working Group (GPWG) is to provide the scientific community with a global charcoal dataset (GCD) to facilitate research on fire in the Earth system. Analysis and synthesis of the data have enabled the identification and explanation of spatiotemporal patterns in palaeofire activity, created a framework for exploring the linkages among fire, climate and vegetation at centennial-to-multi-millennial time scales and allowed evaluation of fire model simulations at regional to global scales.

Science emerging from the GCD includes the creation of a public-access database and an international research community with multiple-authored papers describing observed spatiotemporal changes in fire at global and regional scales (e.g. time series and maps).


(1) Test-drive and improve a new statistical toolkit using the R software language. The toolkit is being developed specifically to synthesize multiple records from the global charcoal database. During the workshop, we will develop vignettes and tutorials for the GCD user community.

(2) Analyse data from GCD version 3 using statistical analyses in R in order to track regional fire events and discuss their forcing factors as well as their spatial and temporal variability.

(3) Finalize the 4th version of the Global charcoal database that will be improved by more than 200 additional sediment records. The updated data base will be published in spring 2014 and a new synthesis paper describing its contents will be initiated at the workshop.


Oct 2nd / day 1: Arrival and dinner with participantsOct 3rd / day 2: Oral presentations (8) Oct 4th / day 3: GCD & paleofiRe R-package training (how to use)Oct 5th / day 4: Discussion on scientific plans in progress or new onesOct 6th / day 5: Departure

Confirmed participants

Olivier Blarquez, Quebec University, Montréal, CanadaSimon Brewer, Utah University, Salt-Lake-City, USAAnne-Laure Daniau, CNRS, Bordeaux, France Jennifer Marlon, Yale University, New Haven, USA Mitchell Power, Utah University, Salt-Lake-City, USA Boris Vannière, CNRS, Besancon, France

Hosting institution: CHRONO-ENVIRONNEMENT lab. CNRS - University of Franche-Comte, Besancon France

To Apply

Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. containing your name, email address, affiliation, available funding source and amount, and one paragraph explaining why you would like to attend the workshop, what you hope to gain from it, and what you hope to contribute to the synthesis effort.

Registrations close 22nd July, 2013.

Limited financial support from PAGES and University of Franche-Comte are is available to supplement junior participant accommodation and travel support for transportation to and from Besancon.


Boris Vannière CNRS, Besancon, France UMR 6249, Univ. Franche-Comte, 16 rt de Gray 25030 Besancon France Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.