Version 1.1.0

Please cite this map as „compiled by ZBSA after Brooks et al. 2011; Edwards/Brooks 2008; Hughes et al. 2016; Lagerlund/Houmark-Nielsen 1993; Lericolais 2017; Moscon et al. 2015; Patton et al. 2017; Seguinot et al. 2018; Stroeven et al. 2016; Subetto et al. 2017; Vassiljev/Saarse 2013; Weaver et al. 2003“

For full references see below.

The map is approximately representing the timeslice:

chronological frametimeslice
Greenlandic isotope chronologyGI-1e-d
years calibrated BC12650–11950
year calibrated BP14600–13900
14C years BP12500–11900

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The archive contains different files. A processed high resolution Geotiff in UTM 33N (1200 dpi), a processed JPG in UTM 33N (300 dpi), the raw Geotiff in WGS84, the used Source SHP File with their secondary files, the “sources map” PDF and the release notes PDF.

The processed UTM 33N Geotiff and JPG are designed for simple and direct usage, while the raw WGS84 Geotiff is for work in different map projections. The original SHP-Files are provided for work with alternative colour ramps or detailed insight on the used sources and specific reasons for interpolation.

This is map version 1.1. The map extend is defined from 12°W to 44°E and 43°N to 72°N. All Data were digitalised from different sources (See sources map) which are listed further down on this site.

The modern coastline is derived from Natural Earth (, large lakes were added from the “WISE Large rivers and large lakes” dataset provided by the European Environment Agency ( Finally the shaded elevation is calculated on the “GEBCO One Minute Grid” from the “GEBCO Gridded bathymetric Data” (

The maps were produced with QGIS 3.

  • Fennoscandian ice sheet data that is not corresponding with Stroeven et al. 2017 was removed and replaced by either water or land areas
  • Coast lines where partially interpolated due to missing data (different ice sheet sizes), based on extrapolation from other sources
  • The British coastline from Brooks et al. 2011 was assumed as the mean value of the 13000 and 15000 BP maps
  • Sea level for the Adriatic sea was set to -85 m a.s.l. based on sea level curve from Moscon et al. 2015
  • Sea level for the Black sea was set to -40 m a.s.l. based on sea level curve from Lericolais 2017
  • Minor adjustments were made to smoothen the coastline
09-08-2019release of Version 1.1.0
29-11-20181st release of the map
  • British Ice Sheet added after Hughes et al. 2016
  • Corrected spelling (“ice sheet” instead of “ice shield”) in release notes and shape files

Brooks, A. J., Bradley, S. L., Edwards, R. J. and Goodwyn, N. 2011. The palaeogeography of Northwest Europe during the last 20,000 years. Journal of Maps 7, 573-587.

Edwards, R., Brooks, E., 2008. The Island of Ireland: Drowning the Myth of an Irish Land-bridge? In: Davenport, J.J., Sleeman, D.P., Woodman, P.C. (Eds.), Mind the Gap: Postglacial Colonisa, pp. 19-34.

Hughes A. L. C., Gyllencreutz, R., Lohne, Ø. S., Mangerud, J., Svendsen, J. I. 2016, The last Eurasian ice sheets – a chronological database and time-slice reconstruction, DATED-1. Boreas 45, 1–45

Lagerlund, E., Houmark-Nielsen, M., 1993. Timing and pattern of the last deglaciation in the Kattegat region, southwest Scandinavia. Boreas 22, 337-347.

Lericolais, G., 2017. Late Pleistocene Environmental Factors defining the Black Sea, and Submerged Landscapes on the Western Continental Shelf, Submerged Landscapes of the European Continental Shelf, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 479-495.

Moscon, G., Corregiari, A., Stefani, C., Fontana, A. and Remia, A. 2015. Very-high resolution analysis of a transgessive deposit in the Northern Adriactic sea (Italy). Alpine and Mediterranean Quaternary 28, 121-129.

Patton, H., Hubbard, A., Andreassen, K., Auriac, A., Whitehouse, P.L., Stroeven, A.P., Shackleton, C., Winsborrow, M., Heyman, J., Hall, A.M., 2017. Deglaciation of the Eurasian ice sheet complex. Quaternary Science Reviews 169, 148-172.

Seguinot, J., Ivy-Ochs, S., Jouvet, G., Huss, M., Funk, M., Preusser, F., 2018. Modelling last glacial cycle ice dynamics in the Alps. The Cryosphere 12, 3265-3285.