|The authors have made many changes, but they have not increased the sums of the pollen samples. This is a pity and decreases the reliability of their work, otherwise interesting.|
The increase in the number of sites (14 to18) is a welcome improvement.
Line 40: is it possible to show on a graph where you make TV finish? As another reviewer highlighted, it seems that what you define as termination is extremely long. Perhaps in SI, provide a graph of the oxygen isotopes and insolation for the whole of MIS11?
Line 122 and following: provide the volume or the weight of the sediment sample on average.
Lines 133, 134: when you write “excluding Pinus”, does this bear on the number of morphotypes or on the sum? If it is on the sum, the number of pollen grains counted becomes extremely low and with a low statistical value, especially for the taxa with a low representations (that you use as seen in table 1). Please precise and increase your counts if necessary. I note that reviewer 3 is also not entirely satisfied by the extremely low sum.
The concentrations are sufficiently high to provide you with a residue large enough to make slides to reach a reasonable pollen count.
The sums used for the percentages need to be clearly provided in this paper (as well as on the Pangea server if published). Your data need to be transparent (immediately available to the reader) at this stage.
Line 187: wouldn’t it be possible to transform concentration in percentages rather easily? (a suggestion only)
Table 3: I would prefer to see this table with the oldest zone at the bottom and the most recent one at the top. Additionally check carefully the spelling of the Latin names. This table still has many typos, see pdf file.
Lines 246-247: add a sentence to indicate that the pollen concentrations are good and are provided in SI.
Line 567: carbon stock: add a call to reference explaining how it is calculated exactly here; or provide details in the method section (but not just in the caption of figure 8). Where do the GtC values come from?
Figure 9 a and c: Is the explanation of what a fraction of the total carbon stock provided anywhere?
The caption of figure 9 contains some methodological information that it probably better to move to the Method section of this manuscript.
See several minor comments directly were made on the main ms pdf and the SI pdf. More attention to details is still required.