Climatic Change

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 339–359 | Cite as

Reconstruction of New Zealand Temperatures Back to AD 1720 Using Libocedrus bidwillii Tree-Rings

  • Limin Xiong
  • Jonathan G. Palmer


The longest chronology from New Zealand so faris from Libocedrus bidwillii Hook. f. (i.e.,from AD 1992 back to AD 1140, a span of 853 years). A subset of 11 chronologies was selected from anetwork of 23 sites to reconstruct past temperaturesbased on the similarity of significant responsefunctions. A comparison of climate data overdifferent seasons with these 11 chronologies wascarried out using a bootstrap transfer function. Average late-summer (February–March) temperature wasselected for reconstruction based on independentverification results. The reconstructed temperaturewas then presented for the period back to AD 1720. The chronologies reconstructed years experiencing hotsummers better than cold summers. The power spectrumof the reconstructed temperatures showed periodicitiessimilar to those of the observed temperatures. Reconstructed temperatures were significantlycorrelated with other proxy climate reconstructionsderived from tree rings in New Zealand. However,unlike the other tree ring-based reconstructions, theLibocedrus bidwillii series reconstructed boththe 1950s and 1970s warming periods. The resultsalso compared very favourably with other palaeoclimateevidence.


Transfer Function Climate Data Tree Ring Warming Period Reconstructed Temperature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Limin Xiong
    • 1
  • Jonathan G. Palmer
    • 1
  1. 1.New Zealand Tree-Ring Laboratory, Soil, Plant and Ecological Sciences DivisionLincoln UniversityCanterburyNew Zealand

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