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Detecting and Predicting Climatic Variation from Old-Growth Baldcypress

  • Gregory A. Reams
  • Paul C. Van Deusen
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 128)

Abstract

Tree-ring data can extend back in time for thousands of years allowing researchers to reconstruct certain environmental factors that have left an imprint or signal in the tree-ring record. Typically, these factors include reconstructions of annual precipitation or temperature for months or seasons to which a particular tree species is sensitive. Over the last several decades, scientists have used tree-ring records in novel ways to investigate the timing and extent of such natural phenomena as volcanoes (Baillie and Munro, 1988), earthquakes (Sheppard and Jacoby, 1987), El Niño/southern oscillation (Stahle and Cleaveland, 1993), fire (Swetnam 1993), carbon dioxide (CO2) (Graybill and Idso, 1993), and synchronous landscape-level disturbances (Reams and Van Deusen, 1993) by recognizing the possibility that various signals may be recorded in the growth record of trees, depending on microsite characteristics, geographic location, and disturbance history (Fritts 1976).

Keywords

Tropical Cyclone Tree Ring Gibbs Sampler Palmer Drought Severity Index Climate Reconstruction 
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  • Paul C. Van Deusen

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