Palaeoclimate potential of New Zealand Manoao colensoi (silver pine) tree rings using Blue-Intensity (BI)

Elsevier BV
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Dendrochronologia, 2020, 60, pp. 125664
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This study investigates if Blue Intensity (BI) parameters are capable of capturing enhanced climatic signals from a key New Zealand dendrochronological species when compared to ring-width (RW) measurements. Three BI parameters (earlywood mean, latewood mean and maximum latewood) recorded generally superior correlations to temperature than conventional RW measurements and these correlations appeared more stable over time. For all BI parameters, austral summer (Dec-Feb) was identified as the strongest reconstructive window. However, all the BI parameters required greater sample replication than RW to reach widely accepted thresholds of chronology reliability, highlighting the need for further examination into the physiological controls on the BI signal. Despite the need for further research, this pilot study is strongly encouraging for the wider application of BI in Southern Hemisphere dendrochronology.
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