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Climate Signals in Stable Isotope Tree-Ring Records

Mary Gagen Orcid Logo, Giovanna Battipaglia, Valerie Daux, Josie Duffy, Isabel Dorado-Liñán, Laia Andreu Hayles, Elisabet Martínez-Sancho, Danny McCarroll, Tatiana A. Shestakova, Kerstin Treydte

Stable Isotopes in Tree Rings, Pages: 537 - 579

Swansea University Authors: Mary Gagen Orcid Logo, Josie Duffy, Danny McCarroll

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In this chapter we introduce the climate signal in stable isotope tree-ring records, with the emphasis on temperate forests. The development of the subdiscipline is recapped followed by an exploration of isotope dendroclimatic records by geography and, broadly, by isotopic species. Whilst there are...

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Published in: Stable Isotopes in Tree Rings
ISBN: 9783030926977 9783030926984
ISSN: 1568-2544
Published: Cham Springer International Publishing 2022
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Abstract: In this chapter we introduce the climate signal in stable isotope tree-ring records, with the emphasis on temperate forests. The development of the subdiscipline is recapped followed by an exploration of isotope dendroclimatic records by geography and, broadly, by isotopic species. Whilst there are still questions to be answered around signal strength and age-related effects in different environments and in different species, the proxy is now contributing to palaeoclimatology in a far greater way than in the days of the first hints of ‘isotope tree thermometers’. We include two summary tables. Table 19.1 exemplifies the range of climate information available from stable carbon isotope time series and Table 19.2 explores oxygen isotope proxy signals. Due to the greater complexity seen in stable carbon isotope interpretations we explore response groupings with example references given for each category of proxy response. Finally, we summarize the state of the art in isotope dendroclimatology and discuss possible future directions.
College: College of Science
Start Page: 537
End Page: 579