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Dendroclimatology is the science of determining past climates from trees primarily properties of the annual tree rings. Tree rings are wider when conditions favor growth, narrower when times are difficult. Other properties of the annual rings, such as maximum latewood density MXD have been shown to be better proxies than simple ring width. Using tree rings, scientists have estimated many local climates for hundreds to thousands of years previous. By combining multiple tree-ring studies sometimes with other climate proxy records , scientists have estimated past regional and global climates. Tree rings are especially useful as climate proxies in that they can be well-dated via dendrochronology , i. This allows extension backwards in time using deceased tree samples, even using samples from buildings or from archeological digs.
This scientific text is authoritative on the relationship between tree growth and climate, and on determining exact age of an event that involves a tree. The focus, as the title implies is with using Tree Rings and Climate. H Fritts. Tree Rings and Climate deals with the principles of dendrochronology, with emphasis on tree-ring studies involving climate-related problems.
Tree Rings and Climate
The width and other characteristics of the growth layers in trees provide valuable information on past variations in climate. Not only can past climate be deduced from past growth, but computers can be used to calibrate the tree growth with climate and to obtain quantitative estimates or reconstructions of the climatic variables in the past from the measurements of ring widths. Large arrays of many tree-ring chronologies exhibit large-scale spatial anomalies in growth. These anomalies can be converted by means of the calibration equations into large-scale reconstructions of spatial anomalies in climate. In this way a map is produced of climatic conditions for individual seasons within each year as far back in time as tree-ring data are available for the sites used for calibration.
Tree rings, a record of seasonal variations in past climate
In recent years there has been a notable increase in the number of research projects engaged in building supra-long multi-millennial tree-ring chronologies. Together with a growing awareness of the potential for anthropogenic climate change, this work is shifting the focus of dendroclimatology. Instead of a more traditional interpretation of tree-ring data in terms of annual-to-decadal timescale climate variability the emphasis is increasingly placed on century timescale changes. We review a number of problems with the interpretation of low-frequency climate change in tree-ring derived data. These techniques effectively remove low-frequency variability and with it the evidence of long-term climate change. Differences in the origin of the samples or changes in site ecology may also impart an inhomogeneity in the response of tree growth through time, hence violating the fundamental assumption of uniformitarianism that underpins proxy climate research.
Many differences in the ring-width growth within a tree may be attributed to changing supplies of food and hormones. In moist sites or during periods of favorable climate, there may be sufficient food for the production of wide rings throughout the tree. But in dry sites or during years of low moisture and high temperatures, food competition within the tree is likely to be greater and the cambium at the base of the stem is likely to receive a limited food supply and may produce narrow rings. The cambium at the stem base depends upon the entire crown for food, hence ring growth reflects the tree's ambient climate. But, the cambium in the top of the tree or in the upper branches depends upon a more restricted portion of the crown for its food and hormone supplies.
PDF | On Jan 1, , Martin Bridge published Tree rings and climate by H.C. Fritts. Blackburn Press: Caldwell pp$ ISBN 1.