Temporal stability in bristlecone pine tree-ring stable oxygen isotope chronologies over the last two centuries

R. J. Bale, I. Robertson, Steven Leavitt, N. J. Loader, T. P. Harlan, M. Gagen, G. H F Young, A. Z. Csank, C. A. Froyd, D. McCarroll

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Abstract

The absolutely dated bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) tree-ring chronology spans almost 9000 years, offering great potential for inferring past environmental change. Existing ring width chronologies have been widely used to produce some of the most influential millennial length temperature reconstructions for the Northern Hemisphere. A recently published δ 18O record from two bristlecone pine trees growing at Methuselah Walk in the White Mountains of California showed a dramatic decrease in δ 18O between AD 1850 and 1920 (c. 13‰), interpreted as indicating a major shift in Pacific storm tracks over the past 300 years. Here we present new bristlecone pine δ18O time series from 15 trees at three White Mountains sites, including two series from Methuselah Walk. Whilst occasional high interannual variability is observed in our δ 18O series, none of our chronologies exhibit an equivalent pronounced or sustained twentieth-century decrease, suggesting the earlier results are anomalous and may require palaeoclimatic re-interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-6
Number of pages4
JournalHolocene
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010

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Keywords

  • Bristlecone pine
  • Climate change
  • Dendroclimatology
  • Millennium
  • Oxygen isotopes
  • Tree rings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Palaeontology

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Temporal stability in bristlecone pine tree-ring stable oxygen isotope chronologies over the last two centuries. / Bale, R. J.; Robertson, I.; Leavitt, Steven; Loader, N. J.; Harlan, T. P.; Gagen, M.; Young, G. H F; Csank, A. Z.; Froyd, C. A.; McCarroll, D.

In: Holocene, Vol. 20, No. 1, 02.2010, p. 3-6.

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Bale, RJ, Robertson, I, Leavitt, S, Loader, NJ, Harlan, TP, Gagen, M, Young, GHF, Csank, AZ, Froyd, CA & McCarroll, D 2010, 'Temporal stability in bristlecone pine tree-ring stable oxygen isotope chronologies over the last two centuries', Holocene, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 3-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/0959683609348867
Bale, R. J. ; Robertson, I. ; Leavitt, Steven ; Loader, N. J. ; Harlan, T. P. ; Gagen, M. ; Young, G. H F ; Csank, A. Z. ; Froyd, C. A. ; McCarroll, D. / Temporal stability in bristlecone pine tree-ring stable oxygen isotope chronologies over the last two centuries. In: Holocene. 2010 ; Vol. 20, No. 1. pp. 3-6.
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