Palaeoecological proxy data (pollen, non-pollen palynomorph (NPP), micro-charcoal, macro-charcoal, loss-on-ignition (LOI) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF)) recovered from lake sediments, cliff exposures, surface soils and moss pollsters within the eastern Andean cloud forest of Ecuador.
Palaeoecological proxy data were recovered from lake sediments, surface soil and moss pollsters within the eastern Andean cloud forest of Ecuador. Materials and proxy data were collected with the aim of understanding how ecosystem dynamics were driven by anthropogenic, physical and climatic impact through time (late Quaternary). Here, data are provided for pollen, non-pollen palynomorph (NPP), micro-charcoal, macro-charcoal, loss-on-ignition (LOI) and x-ray fluorescence (XRF). Field samples were collected throughout 2012-2013 from the Napo province of Ecuador and analysed in the laboratory throughout 2014-2015 at The Open University (UK).
Publication date: 2018-06-21
Sampling regime: Coring of Lake Huila was undertaken using a Livingstone corer with a Colinvaux-Vohnout piston modification from a floating platform attached to two anchored boats in 1.2m of water. Individual core lengths of up to 1m were recovered at a time. Samples were stored within their aluminium tubes for transportation back to the laboratory (The Open University) and kept in a cold room at 4°C until required. Overlapping sediment cores were taken from the centre of Huila, the longest core (Huila-E) reached a total depth of 2.09 m and was used for analysis. Bedrock was not reached during coring. For full details please see supporting documentation (Data_overview.rtf)