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A strong regional temperature signal in low-elevation Huon pine


Allen, KJ and Drew, DM and Downes, G and Evans, R and Cook, ER and Battaglia, M and Baker, PJ, A strong regional temperature signal in low-elevation Huon pine, Journal of Quaternary Science, 28, (5) pp. 433-438. ISSN 0267-8179 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1002/jqs.2637


We have produced the first annually resolved, centennial-length tree-ring chronologies, based on tracheid radial diameter (TRD) and microfibril angle for south-eastern Australia (SEA) from what would commonly be considered a dendroclimatically suboptimal site. The chronologies exhibit a strong regional temperature signal for the austral summer (nominally November–April) that extends across much of SEA. The strength and spatial extent of the temperature–TRD correlations surpass those between the iconic Tasmanian Mt Read ring-width chronology and austral summer temperatures, and are more time-stable. We demonstrate that the value of wood property chronologies for their ability to improve the both the quality and the quantity of highly climate-sensitive series available for regional annual-resolution climate reconstructions, in data-sparse regions in Australasia and beyond, should be examined. In light of the ‘divergence debate’, the time-stability of relationships with climate, relative to other tree-ring proxies, also requires further investigation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, microfibril angle, Huon pine, tracheid radial diameter, tree ring
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Forestry sciences
Research Field:Forestry product quality assessment
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Forestry
Objective Field:Native forests
UTAS Author:Allen, KJ (Dr Kathy Allen)
UTAS Author:Downes, G (Dr Geoff Downes)
UTAS Author:Battaglia, M (Dr Michael Battaglia)
ID Code:116646
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2017-05-16
Last Modified:2021-04-12

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