The Siberian pine growth dynamics in Altai Mountains, China

A dinâmica de crescimento do pinheiro siberiano nas montanhas de Altai, China

S. Shah J. Yu Q. Liu G. Zhou G. Yan H. Zhou M. Hussain A. Hussain U. Habiba F. Khalid S. Ullah F. Rahim M. Adil U. Zeb Ambrin About the authors


Climatic factors play an essential role in the growth of tree ring width. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the correlation between climatic variables and tree-ring growth characteristics of Pinus sibirica in Altai mountains, northwestern China. This study being is first of its kind on climate growth analysis of Pinus sibirica in northwestern China. The study showed great potential to understand the species growing under the specific climatic conditions. Total of 70 tree cores collected from three sites in the sampling area, out of which 63 tree cores considered for this study. The effect of climatic variables which was studied include precipitation, temperature and PDSI. Our results showed that Tree Ring Width chronology has a significantly positive correlation with the late winter (March) temperature and significant negative correlation with the July temperatures. A significant correlation was observed with the late summer precipitation whereas no significant relation found with the Palmer Drought Severity Index. These significant correlations with temperature and precipitation suggested that this tree species had the potential for the reconstruction of the past climate in the area.

response function analysis; Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica); PDSI

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