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Climatic temperature records in δD data from tree rings

Feng, Xiahong and Epstein, Samuel (1995) Climatic temperature records in δD data from tree rings. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 59 (14). pp. 3029-3037. ISSN 0016-7037. doi:10.1016/0016-7037(95)00192-1.

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The δD time series for seven trees from six locations in North America were analyzed and compared with the regional temperature and precipitation records. Correlations between the δD and temperature are found to be particularly good for low-frequency variations or long-term trends. Trees from locations with simple climate regimes and flat topography are potentially good temperature recorders. The moisture-dependent effect on the δD values of tree cellulose is only evident for the δD record of a valley oak collected from an arid valley near Los Angeles, California, USA. In such an arid environment, the correlation between δD and temperature may be poor due to limited number of rainy days during a year and the strong effect of the amount of precipitation on the δD values of trees.

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Additional Information:© 1995 Elsevier Science Ltd. Received September 2, 1994; accepted in revised form April 17, 1995. The wood sample from Manitoba, Canada, was kindly provided by Dr. J. Stewart at Department of Botany, University of Manitoba. We thank R. M. Rumball-Petre and R. Sauvajot for their assistance to the sample collections at Santa Monica Mountains, California, USA. The availability of Crayton Yapp’s data in his thesis is gratefully appreciated. We also thank E. Dent, X. Xu, and S. McKinnon for their technical support. The manuscript was improved by the comments of T. W. D. Edward and two anonymous reviewers. This work was supported by NSF grant No. ATM9219891 and DOE grant No. DE-FC03-90ER61010.
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Official Citation:Xiahong Feng, Samuel Epstein, Climatic temperature records in δD data from tree rings, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 59, Issue 14, July 1995, Pages 3029-3037, ISSN 0016-7037, (
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