A STUDY INTO THE EFFECT OF CLIMATE CONDITIONS ON RADIAL GROWTH PATTERNS OF A NUMBER OF TREE SPECIES

Rebecca Wild

Abstract


This research focuses on dendrochronology, the study of annual rings in tree trunks. Many different factors influence tree growth, including site specific ones such as soil type, species, gradient etc. Tree rings are known to reflect annual climatic information including precipitation and temperature. However, other factors play a role such as soil type, flooding, sunlight, pollution, inherited capabilities of tree species etc.
Many studies have been conducted into the relationship between tree ring growth and climatic conditions, but overall the results show conflicting evidence. This paper is a contribution to the ongoing research in this field. It presents a review of existing research alongside evidence of data collected during 2013 at Priestley Clough woods, Accrington, in conjunction with temperatures and precipitation data recorded by the Meteorological Office. When comparing the results of the Priestley Clough study with previous studies, similarities were found, but the data collected did not provide definitive evidence that climate was the only factor influencing radial growth.


Keywords: Dendrochronology, Climate Change, Tree Rings, Tree Cores, Precipitation, Temperature, Radial Tree Growth.


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