August to July Precipitation from Tree Rings in the Forest-Steppe Zone of Central Siberia (Russia)

Santosh K. Shah, Ramzi Touchan, Elena Babushkina, Vladimir V. Shishov, David M. Meko, Olga V. Abramenko, Liliana V. Belokopytova, Maris Hordo, Jernej Jevšenak, Wojciech Kędziora, Tatiana V. Kostyakova, Agnieszka Moskwa, Zbigniew Oleksiak, Gulzar Omurova, Svjtoslav Ovchinnikov, Mahsa Sadeghpour, Anup Saikia, Lukasz Zsewastynowicz, Tatiana Sidenko, Argo StrantsovMarija Tamkevičiute, Robert Tomusiak, Ivan Tychkov

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The goal of this research report is to describe annual precipitation reconstruction from Pinus sylvestris trees on three sites in the Abakan region, located in the Minusinsk Depression, at the confluence of the Yenisei and Abakan Rivers, Russia. The study was performed during the 4th annual international summer course "Tree Rings, Climate, Natural Resources and Human Interaction" held in Abakan, 5-19 August 2013. The reconstruction, for the 12-month total precipitation ending in July of the growth year, is based on a reliable and replicable statistical relationship between precipitation and tree-ring growth, and shows climate variability on both interannual and interdecadal time scales. The regional tree-ring chronology accounts for 56% of the variance of observed annual precipitation in a linear regression model, with the strongest monthly precipitation signal concentrated in May and June of the current growing season. Composite 500 mb height-anomaly maps suggest that the tree-ring data from this site, supplemented by other regional tree-ring data, could yield information on long-term atmospheric circulation variability over the study area and surrounding region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalTree-Ring Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Dendroclimatology
  • Detrending
  • Drought

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Palaeontology


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