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Influence of micro-site conditions on tree-ring climate signals and trends in central and northern Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology.
2013 (English)In: Trees, ISSN 0931-1890, E-ISSN 1432-2285, Vol. 27, no 5, 1395-1404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tree-ring chronologies are important indicators of pre-instrumental, natural climate variability. Some of the longest chronologies are from northern Fennoscandia, where ring width measurement series from living trees are combined with series from sub-fossil trees, preserved in shallow lakes, to form millennial-length records. We here assess the recent ends of such timeseries by comparing climate signals and growth characteristics in central and northern Sweden, of (1) trees growing at lakeshore micro-sites (representing the source of sub-fossil material of supra-long chronologies), with (2) trees collected in dryer micro-sites several meters inland. Calibration trials reveal a predominating June-September temperature signal in N-Sweden and a weaker but significant May-September precipitation signal in C-Sweden. At the micro-site level, the temperature signal in N-Sweden is stronger in the lakeshore trees compared to the inland trees, whereas the precipitation signal in C-Sweden remains unchanged among the lakeshore and inland trees. Tree-rings at cambial ages > 40 years are also substantially wider in the lakeshore micro-site in C-Sweden, and juvenile rings are more variable (and wider) in the dryer micro-site in N-Sweden (compared to the adjacent micro-sites). By combining the data of the various micro-sites with relict samples spanning the past 1,000 years, we demonstrate that growth rate differences at the micro-site scale can affect the low frequency trends of millennial-length chronologies. For the supra-long chronologies from northern Fennoscandia, that are derived from sub-fossil lake material, it is recommended to combine these data with measurement series from only lakeshore trees.

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2013. Vol. 27, no 5, 1395-1404 p.
Keyword [en]
Tree growth, Tree-ring width, Pinus sylvestris L., Climate reconstruction, Dendroclimatology, Scandinavia
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-94857DOI: 10.1007/s00468-013-0887-8ISI: 000324321600019OAI: diva2:656904


Available from: 2013-10-17 Created: 2013-10-16 Last updated: 2013-10-17Bibliographically approved

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