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The Bugs Coleopteran Ecology Package (BugsCEP): the development and implementation of software for palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatological research
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies, Environmental Archaeology Lab. (Miljöarkeologiska laboratoriet)
2009 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This book describes the development and practical application of a unique database orientated software package, BugsCEP, for environmental, climatic and biodiversity reconstruction from beetle assemblages. BugsCEP consists of a database of ecology and distribution data for over 9400 insect taxa, and includes temperature tolerance data for 436 species. It contains abundance and summary data for over 770 sites, most of the known European Quaternary fossil coleopteran record, supported by a bibliography of over 3700 sources. Built in statistics, including a specially developed habitat classification system, provide semi-quantitative environmental reconstructions to aid in the interpretation of sites. BugsCEP's querying and reporting functions also increase the efficiency with which analyses can be undertaken, including the facility to explore the fossil record of species by searching ecology and distribution data. The Mutual Climatic Range (MCR) reconstruction method is implemented and improved upon, including predictive modelling and the graphical output of reconstructions and climate space maps. BugsCEP is available from

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Mauritius: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG , 2009. , 244 p.
Keyword [en]
environmental archaeology, quaternary science, Coleoptera, beetles, database, environmental reconstructions, climate reconstructions, software, Mutual Climatic Range, MCR, palaeoentomology
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Archaeology Ecology Geology Computer and Information Science Climate Research Physical Geography
Research subject
Archaeology; Computer Science; Entomology; Earth Sciences with Specialization Environmental Analysis; Historical Geology and Paleontology; Quarternary Geology; Physical Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-21014ISBN: 363913530XISBN: 978-3639135305OAI: diva2:210321
Available from: 2009-04-01 Created: 2009-04-01 Last updated: 2010-11-29Bibliographically approved

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