Tree-ring analysis of winter climate variability and ENSO in Mediterranean California

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Abstract

The feasibility of using tree-ring data as a proxy for regional precipitation and ENSO events in the Mediterranean region of California is explored. A transect of moisture-sensitive tree-ring sites, extending from southwestern to north-central California, documents regional patterns of winter precipitation and replicates the regional response to ENSO events in the 20th century. Proxy records of ENSO were used with the tree-ring data to examine precipitation/ENSO patterns in the 18and 19th centuries. Results suggest some temporal and spatial variability in the regional precipitation response to ENSO over the last three centuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-71
Number of pages7
JournalNuovo Cimento della Societa Italiana di Fisica C
Volume29
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

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