Climatic Change

, Volume 120, Issue 1–2, pp 153–167 | Cite as

The application of tree-rings and stable isotopes for reconstructions of climate conditions in the Russian Altai

  • O. V. Sidorova
  • R. T. W. Siegwolf
  • V. S. Myglan
  • D. V. Ovchinnikov
  • V. V. Shishov
  • G. Helle
  • N. J. Loader
  • M. Saurer


We present new tree-ring width, δ13C, and δ18O chronologies from the Koksu site (49°N, 86° E, 2,200 m asl), situated in the Russian Altai. A strong temperature signal is recorded in the tree-ring width (June-July) and stable isotope (July-August) chronologies, a July precipitation signal captured by the stable isotope data. To investigate the nature of common climatic patterns, our new chronologies are compared with previously published tree-ring and stable isotope data from other sites in the Altai region. The temperature signal preserved in the conifer trees is strongly expressed at local and regional scales for all studied sites, resulting in even stronger temperature and precipitation signals in combined average chronologies compared to separate chronologies. This enables the reconstruction of June-July and July-August temperatures for the last 200 years using tree-ring and stable carbon isotopes. A July precipitation reconstruction based on oxygen isotopic variability recorded in tree-rings can potentially improve the understanding of hydrological changes and the occurrence of extreme events in the Russian Altai.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. V. Sidorova
    • 1
  • R. T. W. Siegwolf
    • 1
  • V. S. Myglan
    • 2
  • D. V. Ovchinnikov
    • 3
  • V. V. Shishov
    • 2
  • G. Helle
    • 4
  • N. J. Loader
    • 5
  • M. Saurer
    • 1
  1. 1.Paul Scherrer InstituteVilligenSwitzerland
  2. 2.Siberian Federal UniversityKrasnoyarskRussia
  3. 3.V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RASKrasnoyarskRussia
  4. 4.Helmholz-Centre Potsdam, German Centre for GeoSciences-GFZ, TelegrafenbergPotsdamGermany
  5. 5.Department of GeographySwansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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