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Tree Rings Reveal A History Of Drought In Utah
2014-05-02 05:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research on tree rings in Utah has revealed that some droughts of the past 576 years were much more severe than anything seen since the start of the 20th century. The study team said tree rings provide a much longer historical record than climate and stream flow logs, which only go back about 100 years. According to the team’s report in the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, the most severe drought of this...

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2012-03-30 12:53:09

The National Science Foundation has funded a study to determine past climates by studying tree rings. Environmental students from Arizona studied bristlecone pine trees to determine aspects about the Earth´s climates during the Paleo age. The study of tree growth rings to understand Earth´s past climate is called dendrochronology. As each year passes, trees add growth rings around their trunks. These dendrochronologists study these rings to gain all sorts of information not only...

Tree Rings May Underestimate Climate Response To Volcanic Eruptions
2012-02-06 05:45:55

Some climate cooling caused by past volcanic eruptions may not be evident in tree-ring reconstructions of temperature change because large enough temperature drops lead to greatly shortened or even absent growing seasons, according to climate researchers, who compared tree-ring temperature reconstructions with model simulations of past temperature changes. "We know these tree rings capture most temperature changes quite well," said Michael Mann, professor of meteorology and geosciences and...

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2011-07-27 05:55:00

Nibbling by herbivores can have a greater impact on the width of tree rings than climate, new research has found. The study, published this week in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, could help increase the accuracy of the tree ring record as a way of estimating past climatic conditions. Many factors in addition to climate are known to affect the tree ring record, including attack from parasites and herbivores, but determining how important these other factors have...

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2011-04-04 09:38:14

Trees are outstanding historians. In fact, scientists dating back to Leonardo da Vinci recognized the value of trees. While others had figured out that you could determine the age of a tree by counting its growth rings, da Vinci went beyond that basic knowledge. "He was a genius and realized also that the width of those growth rings carried information about the environmental conditions during each year the rings were formed," says David Stahle, director of the Tree Ring Laboratory at the...

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2011-01-17 06:10:00

A team of researchers conducting an extensive study of growth rings in trees say there could be a link between the rise and fall of ancient civilizations and sudden shifts in Europe's climate. They based their findings on data from more than 9,000 wooden artifacts that have come from civilizations from over the past 2,500 years, BBC News reports. In the study, published online in the journal Science, the researchers found that periods of warm, wet summers coincided with prosperity,...

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2010-05-26 09:42:42

Droughts in the late 20th century rival some of North Africa's major droughts of centuries past, reveals new research that peers back in time to the year 1179. The first multi-century drought reconstruction that includes Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia shows frequent and severe droughts during the 13th and 16th centuries and the latter part of the 20th century. An international research team figured out northwest Africa's climate history by using the information recorded in tree rings. The...

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2010-04-23 09:45:00

The most detailed picture of at least four epic droughts that Asia has seen in the past 1000 years was found in the study of tree rings, scientists reported on Thursday. Scientists collected data over a 15 year period that they expect will reveal a better understanding of how climate change can unleash large-scale weather disruptions. Severe shifting in the seasonal monsoon rains in Asia, which feed almost half the world's population by producing crop growth, could affect socio-economics in...

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2009-12-04 08:15:11

Isotope analysis provides accurate information The analysis of carbon and oxygen isotopes embedded in tree rings may shed new light on past climate events in the Mackenzie Delta region of northern Canada. Scientists have long looked at the width of tree rings to estimate temperature levels of past years. Larger rings indicate more tree growth in a season, which translates into warmer summer temperatures. But the analysis of carbon and oxygen isotopes in tree rings can also provide accurate...

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2009-11-17 05:55:00

Ancient high-altitude trees grow faster as temperatures rise Increasing temperatures at high altitudes are fueling the post-1950 growth spurt seen in bristlecone pines, the world's oldest trees, according to new research. Pines close to treeline have wider annual growth rings for the period from 1951 to 2000 than for the previous 3,700 years, reports a University of Arizona-led research team. Regional temperatures have increased, particularly at high elevations, during the same 50-year...


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