New frontiers in tree-ring research

Jessie K. Pearl, John R. Keck, William Tintor, Liliana Siekacz, Hannah M. Herrick, Matthew D. Meko, Charlotte L. Pearson

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From its inception as a scientific discipline, tree-ring research has been used as a trans-disciplinary tool for dating and environmental reconstruction. Tree-ring chronologies in some regions extend back many thousands of years, opening up new potential for the study of climate, people, and ecology at annual and sub-annual resolution. As such, they are a frequently used resource for a diverse range of studies spanning the Holocene. They are also the focus of a constantly evolving array of analytical techniques and multidisciplinary approaches to research questions. This literature review discusses case studies at the cutting-edge of interdisciplinary tree-ring research, notes recent breakthroughs and limitations, and identifies key frontiers for the future of tree-ring research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)923-941
Number of pages19
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • dendroarchaeology
  • dendrochronology
  • dendroclimatology
  • dendroecology
  • multidisciplinary
  • multiproxy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Archaeology
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Palaeontology


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