Dendrochronology and the reconstruction of fine-resolution environmental change in the Holocene

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Dendrochronology by establishing the year-by-year chronology for the Holocene has set the ultimate chronological standard. All other sources of information on fine resolution climate change must ultimately fit themselves to deductions from the tree-ring calendar. This chapter reviews the principal long chronologies and explores the types of fine-resolution information becoming available from them, be it archaeological, tectonic, volcanic or climatic. A strong indication is given that the most profitable direction for future research lies in a multi-proxy approach that combines information from various well-dated proxies in order to paint the broadest possible picture of short-term events in the past.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal change in the Holocene
EditorsA Mackay, R Battarbee, J Birks, F Oldfield
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780203785027
ISBN (Print)9780340812143
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Palaeontology and Archaeology [BB700], Forests and Forest Trees (Biology and Ecology) [KK100], Meteorology and Climate [PP500], Plant Ecology [ZZ331]
  • archaeology
  • climatic change
  • dendrochronology
  • geology
  • growth rings
  • tectonics
  • volcanic activity


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