Climatic signals in British Isles tree-ring chronologies

M. K. Hughes, P. Leggett, B. Gray, J. Pilcher, M. Baillie

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INTERPRETATION of proxy records of past environmental conditions derived from dated geological or biological materials is of great importance for the extension of the climatic record1,2. Precisely dated, replicated tree-ring series have been particularly useful as they provide records (usually ring-widths) dated to the individual year, for hundreds or thousands of years. Each such series, or chronology, is derived from a particular known location. Thus a network of such chronologies may be developed for a particular region and used as a proxy record of spatial and temporal climatic variations. This has been achieved in North America by Fritts et al.3,4, using principally chronologies from semi-arid areas or from near altitudinal or polar tree-lines. We report evidence here that tree-ring chronologies from sites in the British Isles will provide suitable proxy records for the reconstruction of historical temporal and spatial variation of climate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-606
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume272
Issue number5654
DOIs
StatePublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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Hughes, M. K., Leggett, P., Gray, B., Pilcher, J., & Baillie, M. (1978). Climatic signals in British Isles tree-ring chronologies. Nature, 272(5654), 605-606. https://doi.org/10.1038/272605a0

Climatic signals in British Isles tree-ring chronologies. / Hughes, M. K.; Leggett, P.; Gray, B.; Pilcher, J.; Baillie, M.

In: Nature, Vol. 272, No. 5654, 1978, p. 605-606.

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Hughes, MK, Leggett, P, Gray, B, Pilcher, J & Baillie, M 1978, 'Climatic signals in British Isles tree-ring chronologies', Nature, vol. 272, no. 5654, pp. 605-606. https://doi.org/10.1038/272605a0
Hughes MK, Leggett P, Gray B, Pilcher J, Baillie M. Climatic signals in British Isles tree-ring chronologies. Nature. 1978;272(5654):605-606. https://doi.org/10.1038/272605a0
Hughes, M. K. ; Leggett, P. ; Gray, B. ; Pilcher, J. ; Baillie, M. / Climatic signals in British Isles tree-ring chronologies. In: Nature. 1978 ; Vol. 272, No. 5654. pp. 605-606.
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