Precipitation reconstruction for the Khakassia region, Siberia, from tree rings

Tatiana V. Kostyakova, Ramzi Touchan, Elena A. Babushkina, Liliana V. Belokopytova

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A nested July–June precipitation reconstruction for the period AD 1777–2012 was developed from multi-century tree-ring records of Pinus sylvestris L. (Scots pine) for the Republic of Khakassia in Siberia, Russia. Calibration and verification statistics for the period 1948–2012 show a high level of skill and account for a significant portion of the observed variance (>50%) irrespective of which period is used to develop or verify the regression model. Split-sample validation supports our use of a reconstruction model based on the full period of reliable observational data (1948–2012). Thresholds (25th and 75th percentiles) based on the empirical cumulative distribution of 1948–2012 observed precipitation were used to delineate dry years and wet years of the long-term reconstruction. The longest reconstructed dry period, defined as consecutive years with less than 25th percentile of observed July–June precipitation, was 3 years (1861–1863). There was no significant difference in the number dry and wet periods during the 236 years of the reconstructed precipitation. Maps of geopotential height anomalies indicate that dry years differ from wet years primarily in the location of an anomalous 500-mb ridge approximately over the study area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-385
Number of pages9
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Siberia
  • climate reconstruction
  • drought
  • tree ring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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