Age-dependent tree-ring growth responses to climate in Qilian juniper (Sabina przewalskii Kom.)
Source: Trees, Volume 22, Number 2, April 2008 , pp. 197-204(8)
Abstract:Qilian juniper (Sabina przewalskii kom.) is one of the dominant tree species on Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and has been used in dendroclimatological studies. Here we designed a test to examine whether or not the climate–growth responses in tree rings of Qilian Juniper vary with the change in tree's age. A total number of 135 increment cores were sampled from Qilian Juniper trees at five sites, in which 112 cores were selected and grouped into five 100-year age classes for analysis of age-dependent climate–growth relationships. Chronology statistics, response functions and ANOVA F-test were used to test the consistency of five age-class mean chronologies (AGCs). The results showed that mean sensitivity (MS) and standard deviation (SD) did not change significantly with age. Response function analysis indicated that (a) climate accounts for a high amount of variance in tree-ring widths; (b) tree-ring growth has significant positive correlation with mean monthly air temperature of previous October and November, and with total monthly precipitation of current January and June, while has significant negative correlation with mean monthly air temperature of current May; and (c) AGC-2, AGC-3 and AGC-4 have stronger response to climate change than AGC-1 and AGC-5. The ANOVA F-test showed that generally there are significant differences between the first age class and other four age classes, but among the four classes in which trees are older than 200 years, the differences are usually insignificant. Overall the long-lived Qilian Juniper is still an ideal tree species for dendroclimatic reconstruction.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Changes, Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100093, China 2: Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Changes, Institute of Botany, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100093, China, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: April 1, 2008