Atmosphere, Vol. 12, Pages 1251: A 479-Year Early Summer Temperature Reconstruction Based on Tree-Ring in the Southeastern Tibetan Plateau, China
Atmosphere doi: 10.3390/atmos12101251
Due to the lack of long-term climate records, our understanding of paleoclimatic variability in the Tibetan Plateau (TP) is still limited. In this study, we developed a tree-ring width (TRW) chronology based on tree-ring cores collected from our study site, southeastern TP. This chronology responded well to the mean maximum temperatures of May–June and was thus used to reconstruct early summer (May–June) maximum temperature during the period 1541–2019. The reconstruction explained 33.6% of the climatic variance during the calibration period 1962–2019. There were 34 extremely warm years (7.2% of total years) and 36 extremely cold years (7.5% of total years) during the reconstruction period. The spatial correlation analysis and the comparison with other local temperature reconstructions confirmed the reliability and representativeness of our reconstruction. The results of the ensemble empirical mode decomposition (EEMD) analysis indicated quasi-oscillations of 2.9–4.2 years, 4.5–8.3 years, 11.1–15.4 years, 20–33.3 years, 50.4 years, 159.7 years, and 250 years in this temperature reconstruction which may be associated with ENSO cycles, solar activity, and PDO.
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