TWO RECONSTRUCTIONS of AUGUST-JULY PRECIPITATION for CENTRAL NORTHERN ARIZONA from TREE RINGS

Tamara Fletcher, Tamara Fletcher, Ramzi Touchan, Kai Lepley, Nesrine Rouini, Robert Bloye, Thomas S. Tremarelli, Kelly Peña, David M. Meko

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Abstract

This study reports two multi-century regional reconstructions of annual precipitation based on Pinus ponderosa and P. edulis from four sites in central northern Arizona. It compares standard regional and time-nested methods to generate reconstructions from 1581-2016 C.E. and 1529-2016 C.E., respectively. The strongest climate relationship is a positive correlation between total ring width and 12-month total precipitation ending in July of the growth year. The chronologies account for 50% of the variance of observed annual precipitation in the regional model and 59%, 60%, and 47% and 35% in the nested models. The two reconstructions are highly correlated (Pearson's correlation r > 0.97, p < 0.001) demonstrating that the reconstructions are highly similar over the period common to both reconstructions, with the nested-models' advantage of extending the range of the reconstruction. The precipitation reconstructions are significantly correlated (r = 0.66, p < 0.001) with the North American Drought Atlas (NADA).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalTree-Ring Research
Volume75
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Arizona
  • dendroclimatology
  • drought
  • nested
  • pooled
  • precipitation
  • regional reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Palaeontology

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