International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 765–774 | Cite as

Tree-ring-based reconstruction of precipitation in the Changling Mountains, China, since A.D.1691

  • Feng Chen
  • Yujiang Yuan
  • Wenshou Wen
  • Shulong Yu
  • Ziang Fan
  • Ruibo Zhang
  • Tongwen Zhang
  • Huaming Shang
Original Paper

Abstract

Seven different tree-ring parameters were obtained from Chinese pine (Pinus tabulaeformis) in the Changling Mountains, China. The chronologies were analyzed individually and then compared with each other. The climate response analysis shows that total precipitation (September–July) is the main factor limiting the radial growth of Chinese pine in the Changling Mountains. Thus, the residual earlywood width chronology was used to estimate precipitation (September–July) for the period AD 1691–2006, and explained 46.9% of the precipitation variance. Drought events in our reconstruction are compared to historical archives for Gansu and north-central China. The results reveal the climatic extremes over much of Gansu. Some events have had profound impacts on the Gansu people over the past several centuries. Spatial analysis shows that the precipitation reconstruction has strong common signals for North-central China. The reconstructed series is correlated significantly with Helan Mountains Palmer drought severity index (PDSI), as well as with previous results from Jiuquan, Shandan, Huashan, Luya Mountains, and even the state of Mongolia. Our results suggest that some dry periods are coincident with solar minima over the past several hundred years. Multitaper spectral analysis reveals the existence of significant 24.4-year, 12.2-year, and 2.4- to 3.4-year periods of variability.

Keywords

Chinese pine Earlywood width Changling Mountains Precipitation reconstruction Drought event Asian summer monsoon 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feng Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Yujiang Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Wenshou Wen
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Shulong Yu
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ziang Fan
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ruibo Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tongwen Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Huaming Shang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Desert MeteorologyChina Meteorological AdministrationUrumqiChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Tree-ring Physical and Chemic Research of China Meteorological AdministrationUrumqiChina
  3. 3.Xinjiang Laboratory of tree-Ring EcologyUrumqiChina

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