Journal of Paleolimnology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 77-89

First online:

Chironomid-inferred late-glacial and early-Holocene mean July air temperatures for Kråkenes Lake, western Norway

  • Stepehn J. BrooksAffiliated withDepartment of Entomology, Natural History Museum
  • , H.J.B. BirksAffiliated withBotanical Institute, University of BergenUniversity College London

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A chironomid data-set calibrated to July air temperatures, based on 44 lakes in western Norway, is used to reconstruct mean July air temperatures from late-glacial and early-Holocene fossil chironomid assemblages at Kråkenes Lake. The calibration function is based on Weighted Averaging Partial Least Squares regression and has a root mean square error of prediction (RMSEP) of 1.13 °C, a r2 of 0.69, and a maximum bias of 2.66 °C. All these statistics are based on leave-one-out cross-validation. A calibration function based on summer surface-water temperatures has a poorer performance (RMSEP = 2.22 °C, r2 = 0.30, maximum bias = 5.29 °C). The reconstructed July air temperatures at Kråkenes rise to 10.5 °C soon after deglaciation, are about 11.5 °C in the Allerød, decrease to 9.5-10 °C in the Younger Dryas, and rise rapidly within 15 yrs to 11.5 °C at the onset of the Holocene. There is a two-step rise to 13 °C or more in the early-Holocene. The likely over-estimation of Younger Dryas temperatures and under-estimation of early-Holocene temperatures probably result from the limited temperature range represented by the existing calibration set. The data set is currently being expanded to include lakes with warmer air temperatures (> 14 °C) and with colder air temperatures (< 8 °C).

chironomids climate reconstruction calibration Weighted Averaging Partial Least Squares late-glacial Kråenes Younger Dryas Allerød