Arctic tree rings as recorders of variations in light availability
Stine, A. R.
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CitationStine, A. R., and P. Huybers. 2014. “Arctic tree rings as recorders of variations in light availability.” Nature Communications 5 (1): 3836. doi:10.1038/ncomms4836. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms4836.
AbstractAnnual growth ring variations in Arctic trees are often used to reconstruct surface temperature. In general, however, the growth of Arctic vegetation is limited both by temperature and light availability, suggesting that variations in atmospheric transmissivity may also influence tree-ring characteristics. Here we show that Arctic tree-ring density is sensitive to changes in light availability across two distinct phenomena: explosive volcanic eruptions (P<0.01) and the recent epoch of global dimming (P<0.01). In each case, the greatest response is found in the most light-limited regions of the Arctic. Essentially no late 20th century decline in tree-ring density relative to temperature is seen in the least light-limited regions of the Arctic. Consistent results follow from analysis of tree-ring width and from individually analysing each of seven tree species. Light availability thus appears an important control, opening the possibility for using tree rings to reconstruct historical changes in surface light intensity.
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