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Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 160–167 | Cite as

Climate changes in the past century and radial increment of pine in the Southern Ural steppe

  • L. I. AgafonovEmail author
  • V. V. Kukarskikh
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Abstract

Changes in the main climatic factors (air temperature and total precipitation) and their effect on the radial increment of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) over the period from 1933 to 2002 were studied in an insular pine forest growing in the steppe zone of the Southern Urals. Evidence for a significant increase in the amount of precipitation and air temperature in the second half of this period was obtained. Functions of response of radial increment indices to climatic parameters were analyzed. Relative contributions of air temperature and precipitation to variation in the radial increment of pine in different time intervals proved to differ in relation to climate changes during the past century.

Key words

Scots pine radial increment air temperature precipitation climate changes the Southern Urals 

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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