Chinese Science Bulletin

, 56:2995

Tree-ring-based annual precipitation reconstruction in Kalaqin, Inner Mongolia for the last 238 years

  • Yu Liu
  • CaiYong Wang
  • WenJun Hao
  • HuiMing Song
  • QiuFang Cai
  • Hua Tian
  • Bo Sun
  • Hans W. Linderholm
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Article Special Topic: Climate Change over the Past Millennium in China


A tree-ring-width chronology of Pinus tabulaeformis from Kalaqin, Inner Mongolia was developed using modern dendrochronological techniques. Based on the results of correlation function analysis, the total precipitation from the previous August to current July was reconstructed for 1771–2008 AD with an explained variance of 49.3%. The reconstruction correlated well with the dryness/wetness series derived from historical documents, as well as the precipitation reconstruction of the Chifeng-Weichang region. There were eight intervals with greater precipitation than the average (associated with the strong East Asian summer monsoon) and seven intervals lower than the average (weak monsoon). A power spectrum analysis showed that there were 120 a, 80 a, 8 a and 2 a periodicities.


Kalaqin Inner Mongolia Pinus tabulaeformis tree-ring width precipitation reconstruction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu Liu
    • 1
    • 2
  • CaiYong Wang
    • 2
  • WenJun Hao
    • 3
  • HuiMing Song
    • 1
    • 4
  • QiuFang Cai
    • 1
  • Hua Tian
    • 1
  • Bo Sun
    • 1
    • 4
  • Hans W. Linderholm
    • 5
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, Institute of Earth EnvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesXi’anChina
  2. 2.Department of Environment Science and Technology, School of Human Settlements and Civil EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  3. 3.Climate Research Center of Inner MongoliaHohhotChina
  4. 4.Graduate University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  5. 5.Regional Climate Group, Department of Earth SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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