Annual increments of juniper as a climatic proxy

Annual increments of juniper as a climatic proxy

Annual incre­ments of juni­per as a cli­matic proxy

Dendroclimatology can play an import­ant role in under­stand­ing past cli­matic changes, and where trees are not present it may be pos­sible to util­ize shrubs instead. Liang et al. exam­ine the dendro­chrono­lo­gical poten­tial of Wilson juni­per (Juniperus pingii var. wilsonii) grow­ing at high alti­tudes from 4740 to 4780 m a.s.l. on the Tibetan Plateau, and find reli­able cross-dating between ring-width vari­ab­il­ity and dis­tinct cli­matic sig­nals. One indi­vidual is 324 years old, thus mak­ing the spe­cies a poten­tially valu­able source of data. The res­ults also sug­gest that mois­ture dur­ing sum­mer months is a lim­it­ing factor in the growth of the plant.

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