A preliminary seasonal precipitation reconstruction from tree-ring stable carbon isotopes at Mt. Helan, China, since AD 1804

Yu Liu, Limin Ma, Steven W. Leavitt, Qiufang Cai, Weiguo Liu

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Abstract

The relationship between the stable carbon isotope composition of tree rings from Mt. Helan, China, and precipitation was investigated for the period AD 1804-1997. The results reveal that in the Mt. Helan region, δ13C of tree rings negatively correlates with the total precipitation from February to July. We calculated discrimination (Δ) to remove the effects of δ13C of atmospheric CO2 on the tree-ring δ13C series, and reconstructed February to July precipitation back to 1804 using linear regression (R2=0.415, R 2adj=0.394, F=19.88, P<0.0001), with best chronology replication for AD 1845-1991. The reconstruction shows annual to decadal wetness/dryness fluctuations. The historically documented drought of 1926-1930, and the wet period in the 1940s were found in our reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-239
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal and Planetary Change
Volume41
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2004

Keywords

  • Chinese pine
  • Mt. Helan, China
  • Pinus tabulaeformis
  • Precipitation reconstruction
  • Tree-ring δC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Oceanography

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