Global Charcoal Database - Paleofire (2016)

Description :
The aim of the Global Charcoal Database (GCD) is to provide the scientific community with a global paleofire dataset for research and archiving sedimentary records of fire. The GCD is managed by the Global Paleofire Working Group – GPWG.
The GCD is funded and support by: the PAGES initiative and the project OREAS by Région Franche-Comté in France via the Chrono-environnement laboratory.
The science emerging from the GPWG is mainly:
- 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).
- Global and regional syntheses which enable the examination of broad-scale patterns in paleofire activity, creating a framework for exploring the linkages among fire, Human, climate and vegetation at centennial-to-multi-millennial time scales and allowing for evaluation of fire model simulations at regional to global scales.
Disciplines :
ecology (applied biology - ecology), environmental sciences (sciences of the universe), geography, physical (sciences of the universe), geosciences, multidisciplinary (sciences of the universe)

General metadata

Data acquisition date : from 2004 ongoing
Data acquisition methods :
Update periodicity : quarterly
Language : English (eng)
Formats : text/csv, text/x-sql
Audience : University: master, Research, Stakeholder, Policy maker


Spatial coverage :

  • World: latitude between 85° N and 85° S, longitude between 180° W and 180° E

Time coverage :

  • 100 000 years: -100 000 and after
Publications :
Project and funders :
  • Global Paleofire Working Group
    • PAGES - Past Global Change (Another international)
    • Région Franche-Comté via OSU (projet OREAS) (Region Franche-Comté)
Additional information :
The GCD is managed by the Global Paleofire Working Group – GPWG (
The GCD is funded and support by the PAGES initiative (
Record created 8 Mar 2016 by Boris Vannière.
Last modification : 8 Mar 2016.
Local identifier: FR-18008901306731-2016-03-08.


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