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TERRANOVA from the last and current Interglacial periods into the Anthropocene: an Atlas database drawing lessons from ancient land use for future European landscape management

Sjoerd Kluiving1, Didier Roche2, Anhelina Zapolska2, Elena Pearce3, Jens-Christian Svenning3, Kailin Hatlestad4, Karl-Johan Lindholm4, Anastasia Nikulina5, Fulco Scherjon5, Alexandre Martinez1, Emily Vella4, Maria-Antonia Serge6, Florence Mazier6, Marco Davoli3, Frank Arthur7, Hans Renssen7, Katherine MacDonald5, Wil Roebroeks5, and Nestor Fernandez8
Sjoerd Kluiving et al.
  • 1Vrije Universiteit & CLUE+ Research Institute for Culture, History and Heritage, Dept. of Archaeology, Humanities, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2Faculty of Science, cluster Earth and Climate VU University Amsterdam
  • 3Center for Biodiversity Dynamics in a Changing World (BIOCHANGE) Section for Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity, Department of Biology Aarhus University
  • 4Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia, Uppsala universitet|Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University
  • 5Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology, World Archaeology, Human Origins Group
  • 6Chargée de Recherche CNRS CR1 Doctorat en Sciences de l'Environnement, Toulouse, France
  • 7Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health, University of Southern Norway
  • 8German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

TERRANOVA is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN) project (2019-2023) training 15 PhD students in a new learning initiative between Humanities and Science: Mapping past environments and energy regimes, rethinking human-environment interaction and designing land management tools for policy. TERRANOVA will produce an unprecedented atlas with layers of reconstructed and modelled land-use and vegetation dynamics, climate change and mega-fauna history in Europe from the Eemian (Last Interglacial) and the Holocene from the start up until the present day. This paper describes the intermediate results of two years of research into Atlas building. Communication and data exchange, as well as the process of atlas generation work flow, have been undertaken, including examples of datasets from deep history, ancient landscapes, energy regimes and climate scenarios. The atlas database implements state-of-the-art standards for increasing the interoperability of spatiotemporal datasets. It is currently formed by four main data types: Archaeological data, Climate data, Land cover data, and Megafauna (i.e. large mammals) distribution. The intermediate publication concludes with listing the next steps to stream the Terranova atlas as a tool for communicating the European history of environmental change, including support for future landscape management policies.

How to cite: Kluiving, S., Roche, D., Zapolska, A., Pearce, E., Svenning, J.-C., Hatlestad, K., Lindholm, K.-J., Nikulina, A., Scherjon, F., Martinez, A., Vella, E., Serge, M.-A., Mazier, F., Davoli, M., Arthur, F., Renssen, H., MacDonald, K., Roebroeks, W., and Fernandez, N.: TERRANOVA from the last and current Interglacial periods into the Anthropocene: an Atlas database drawing lessons from ancient land use for future European landscape management, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-5465,, 2022.