Violins and climate

Rob Wilson, J Topham

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Abstract

This paper explores the possibility of using ring-width measurements derived from string instruments as a potential source of palaeoclimate information. From a data-base of 1800 measured series, we have identified two sub-sets that compare well with living high elevation spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst) chronologies from the Bavarian Forest and Austrian Alps. The problems of using historical tree-ring data for dendroclimatic purposes are addressed and by combining the living and historic ring-width data from these two regions, a preliminary proxy of past June/July mean temperatures is developed. This proxy summer temperature record shows striking similarities with a tree-ring based temperature reconstruction for the Central Eastern Alps, the CLIMHIST June/July temperature record from Switzerland and glacial records from the Austrian Alps. This explorative study demonstrates that ring-width series from string instruments may allow the identification of generalised source regions of wood used for instrument making and, most importantly, provide a new unique source for palaeoclimate information at a variety of both temporal and spatial scales for high elevations in central Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-24
Number of pages16
JournalTheoretical and Applied Climatology
Volume77
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

Keywords

  • TREE-RING WIDTH
  • TEMPERATURE-VARIATIONS
  • STRINGED-INSTRUMENTS
  • NORTHERN-HEMISPHERE
  • GROWTH
  • DENSITY
  • VARIABILITY
  • SPRUCE
  • CHRONOLOGIES
  • SIGNALS

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