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Tree-ring derived temperature records in the central Loess Plateau, China

Journal article
Authors Huiming Song
Yu Liu
Qiang Li
Hans W. Linderholm
Published in Quaternary International
Volume 283
Pages 30-35
ISSN 1040-6182
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Earth Sciences
Pages 30-35
Language en
Subject categories Earth and Related Environmental Sciences, Climate Research


Using tree-ring widths of Pinus tabulaeformis Carr. trees, mean temperatures from February to September were reconstructed for the Kongtong Mountain during the past 283 years. The reconstruction could explain 43.7% of temperature variance during the calibration period from 1951 to 2004. It displays similar patterns to several temperature reconstructions in the Loess Plateau. It corresponds well with the temperature regimes in Hokkaido, Japan, indicating that both regions have similar warm and cold intervals. The high correlation between the reconstruction and the CRU (Climatic Research Unit of University of East Anglia, UK) TS3 temperature datasets showed that the temperature reconstruction could be representative of large-scale climate change over northern China. In addition, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) affected temperature variations of northern China and even Hokkaido to a certain extent.

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