Dendroclimatology: extracting climate from trees

@article{Sheppard2010DendroclimatologyEC,
  title={Dendroclimatology: extracting climate from trees},
  author={Paul R. Sheppard},
  journal={Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change},
  year={2010},
  volume={1}
}
  • P. Sheppard
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Environmental Science, Geography
  • Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
The scientific discipline called dendrochronology is the study of tree rings and of environmental conditions and events of the past that tree growth can reflect. The beginning of scientific study of tree rings is generally ascribed to an astronomer named Andrew Ellicott Douglass, who in the early 1900s noticed not only variation in tree‐ring width but also that this variability was similar between multiple trees. Dendrochronology subsequently expanded worldwide, and now over 3000 of the 12,000… 
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