May-June precipitation reconstruction of southwestern Anatolia, Turkey during the last 900 years from tree rings

Ramzi Touchan, Ünal Akkemik, Malcolm K. Hughes, Nesat Erkan

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Abstract

A May-June precipitation reconstruction (AD 1097-2000) has been developed for southwestern Anatolia in Turkey, the longest reported to date in this region. The reconstruction was derived from a regional Juniperus excelsa chronology that was built from material sampled at four sites in the Antalya and Mersin Districts. The regional tree-ring chronology accounts for 51% of the variance of instrumentally observed May-June precipitation. The years AD 1518 to 1587 are the most humid period in the reconstruction, coinciding with a major shift in European climate. The driest 70-year period in the reconstruction is AD 1195 to 1264. The period AD 1591-1660 represents the third driest and was characterized by instability climatically, politically, and socially in Anatolia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-202
Number of pages7
JournalQuaternary Research
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Chronology
  • Reconstruction
  • Tree rings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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