Low-frequency temperature variations from a northern tree-ring density network

Briffa, Keith R., Osborn, Timothy J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-6799, Schweingruber, Fritz H., Harris, Ian C., Jones, Philip D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5032-5493, Shiyatov, Stepan G. and Vaganov, Eugene A. (2001) Low-frequency temperature variations from a northern tree-ring density network. Journal of Geophysical Research, 106 (D3). pp. 2929-2941. ISSN 2156-2202

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We describe new reconstructions of northern extratropical summer temperatures for nine subcontinental-scale regions and a composite series representing quasi “Northern Hemisphere” temperature change over the last 600 years. These series are based on tree ring density data that have been processed using a novel statistical technique (age band decomposition) designed to preserve greater long-timescale variability than in previous analyses. We provide time-dependent and timescale-dependent uncertainty estimates for all of the reconstructions. The new regional estimates are generally cooler in almost all precalibration periods, compared to estimates obtained using earlier processing methods, particularly during the 17th century. One exception is the reconstruction for northern Siberia, where 15th century summers are now estimated to be warmer than those observed in the 20th century. In producing a new Northern Hemisphere series we demonstrate the sensitivity of the results to the methodology used once the number of regions with data, and the reliability of each regional series, begins to decrease. We compare our new hemisphere series to other published large-regional temperature histories, most of which lie within the 1σ confidence band of our estimates over most of the last 600 years. The 20th century is clearly shown by all of the palaeoseries composites to be the warmest during this period.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Climatic Research Unit
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2011 13:30
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 12:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/28825
DOI: 10.1029/2000JD900617

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