A 3,500-year tree-ring record of annual precipitation on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau

Yang, B., Qin, C., Wang, J., He, M., Melvin, T. M., Osborn, T. J. and Briffa, K. R. (2014) A 3,500-year tree-ring record of annual precipitation on the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 111 (8). pp. 2903-2908. ISSN 0027-8424

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    Abstract

    An annually resolved and absolutely dated ring-width chronology spanning 4,500 y has been constructed using subfossil, archaeological, and living-tree juniper samples from the northeastern Tibetan Plateau. The chronology represents changing mean annual precipitation and is most reliable after 1500 B.C. Reconstructed precipitation for this period displays a trend toward more moist conditions: the last 10-, 25-, and 50-y periods all appear to be the wettest in at least three and a half millennia. Notable historical dry periods occurred in the 4th century BCE and in the second half of the 15th century CE. The driest individual year reconstructed (since 1500 B.C.) is 1048 B.C., whereas the wettest is 2010. Precipitation variability in this region appears not to be associated with inferred changes in Asian monsoon intensity during recent millennia. The chronology displays a statistical association with the multidecadal and longer-term variability of reconstructed mean Northern Hemisphere temperatures over the last two millennia. This suggests that any further large-scale warming might be associated with even greater moisture supply in this region.

    Item Type: Article
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 21:30
    Last Modified: 13 Mar 2019 10:38
    URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/47886
    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319238111

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