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Dendrochronologia 27 (2009) 183198 ORIGINAL ARTICLE
 

Summary: Dendrochronologia 27 (2009) 183­198
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Climate signal in tree-ring chronologies in a temperate climate:
A multi-species approach
A.M. GarciŽa-SuaŽreza,b,c,Ă, C.J. Butlera
, M.G.L. Baillieb
a
Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG, Northern Ireland, UK
b
Palaeoecology Centre, Queens University, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK
c
School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol University, Bristol BS8 1SS, England, UK
Received 15 March 2007; accepted 19 May 2009
Abstract
Tree-rings can provide continuous yearly paleoclimatic records for regions or periods of time with no instrumental
climate data. However, different species respond to different climate parameters with, for example, some sensitive to
moisture and others to temperature. Here, we describe four common species growing in Northern Ireland and their
suitability for climate reconstruction.
Our results suggest that beech and ash are the most sensitive to climate, with tree-ring widths more strongly
influenced by precipitation and soil moisture in early summer than by temperature or sunshine. Oak is also sensitive to

  

Source: Armagh Observatory

 

Collections: Physics