Izvestiya, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics

, Volume 53, Issue 8, pp 769–780 | Cite as

Use of Larch Light Rings for an Evaluation of Volcanic Explosivity Index

  • M. A. Gurskaya


Volcanic eruptions lead to a global short-term drop in air temperature, including a shortening of the growing season. A reaction to these short-term climatic changes is the formation of light rings (LRs) in Siberian larches growing in the Siberian Subarctic area. The relationships between mass formation (and spatial spread) of LRs and the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) are shown based on an analysis of larch cores collected at 18 points in the northern forest–tundra from 67°32′ to 167°40′ N. The eruptions with VEI = 6 and higher statistically differ from weaker eruptions by the number of LRs and their spatial distribution. The doubtful dates of several strong eruptions are discussed.


Siberian forest tundra larch light rings volcano eruption VEI 


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  1. 1.Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia

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