Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 107, Issue 3–4, pp 633–643 | Cite as

Temperature reconstruction from tree-ring maximum latewood density of Qinghai spruce in middle Hexi Corridor, China

  • Feng Chen
  • Yu-jiang YuanEmail author
  • Wen-shou Wei
  • Shu-long Yu
  • Zi-ang Fan
  • Rui-bo Zhang
  • Tong-wen Zhang
  • Qin Li
  • Hua-ming Shang
Original Paper


Seven different tree-ring parameters (tree-ring width, earlywood width, latewood width, maximum density, minimum density, mean earlywood density, and mean latewood density) were obtained from Qinghai spruce (Picea crassifolia) at one chronology site in the Hexi Corridor, China. The chronologies were analyzed individually and then compared with each other. Growth–climate response analyses showed that the tree-ring width and maximum latewood density (MXD) are mainly influenced by warm season temperature variability. Based on the relationships derived from the climate response analysis, the MXD chronology was used to reconstruct the May–August maximum temperature for the period 1775–2008 A.D., and it explained the 38.1% of the total temperature variance. It shows cooling in the late 1700s to early 1800s and warming in the twentieth century. Spatial climate correlation analyses with gridded land surface data revealed that our warm season temperature reconstruction contains a strong large-scale temperature signal for north China. Comparison with regional and Northern Hemisphere reconstructions revealed similar low-frequency change to longer-term variability. Several cold years coincide with major volcanic eruptions.


Volcanic Eruption Temperature Reconstruction Hexi Corridor Express Population Signal Latewood Density 
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This work was supported by National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (No. 2010CB951001), Meteorology Public welfare Industry Research Special project (GYHY201106013, GYHY200806011), the basic research project of science and technology ministry of China (2007FY220200), NSFC Project (No. 40975056, 41071072, 41005059), China Desert Meteorological Science Research Foundation (SQJ2010011), the Foundation of Xinjiang Laboratory of Tree-ring Ecology (XJYS0911-2009-01). We thank the reviewers whose comments greatly benefitted this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Feng Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Yu-jiang Yuan
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wen-shou Wei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shu-long Yu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zi-ang Fan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rui-bo Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tong-wen Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Qin Li
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hua-ming Shang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Tree-ring Physical and Chemical Research of China Meteorological AdministrationInstitute of Desert Meteorology, China Meteorological AdministrationUrumqiChina
  2. 2.Xinjiang Laboratory of Tree Ring EcologyInstitute of Desert Meteorology, China Meteorological AdministrationUrumqiChina

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