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Dendroecology as Multi-disciplinary Dendrochronology
Presented by Prof. Thomas SWETNAM on 14 May 2013 from 08:55 to 09:15
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: Welcome + Plenary Session (Ecology)
The roots of dendrochronology reflect the essential nature of our field. In 1929 an astronomer interested in solar variability and its influence on terrestrial processes (A.E. Douglass) made a great breakthrough in archaeological dating, and thereby established a method subsequently applied worldwide in archaeology, climatology, geology, and ecology. The relevance and need for multi-disciplinary applications and perspectives of dendrochronology have never been greater. Climatic changes are underway now in many regions, and combined with increased vulnerability of ecological and human systems, we are increasingly at risk of catastrophic impacts. These risks call for broad-scale perspectives and investigations with direct relevance to understanding coupled-human-environment systems. The expansion of broad-scale networks of tree-ring chronologies has now enabled us to evaluate these systems, including the inter-connections of environmental and human history on regional to global scales. With these perspectives we can provide insights on past and future dynamical behaviors that are un-obtainable by other means. In my presentation I will describe new examples of multi-disciplinary tree-ring studies, focusing on climate, ecosystems and humans.