Dendrochemical Challenge in Climate Science: Whether Chemical Elements in Wood Reflect the Fluctuations in Weather Parameters : научное издание


Тип публикации: статья из журнала

Год издания: 2022

Идентификатор DOI: 10.3390/plants11233240

Аннотация: <jats:p>The aim of this study was to find consistent correlations between weather parameters and elemental content of tree rings in four widely distributed Siberian conifers: Siberian spruce (Picea obovata Ledeb.), Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.), Siberian larch (Larix sibirica Ledeb.), and Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica Du Tour). Показать полностьюSlices from the wood cores were subjected to chemical treatment by extraction in alcohol and HCl. The slices were scanned using an Itrax Multiscanner (COX Analytical Systems) to obtain the count rates of Al, P, S, K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, and Sr. Every slice was scanned three times, in the original form, after alcohol extraction, and after HCl treatment. Altogether, 21 weather parameters were used to search for consistent correlations between the elemental contents. Weather parameters as well as elemental contents were averaged for successive triplets of calendar years. The statistical treatment of the data included the calculations of non-parametrical Spearman rho and Kendall tau coefficients. We defined consistent correlation as a correlation that is stronger than +/–0.3, observed in all the trees studied, and is significant at least in one tree. The main result of the study is that no consistent correlation was found that we could observe in all the species involved in the study. Nevertheless, there are several consistent correlations within the species. This means that the right choice of species for a dendrochemical study is of paramount importance. In some species, e.g., the larch and spruce, we found no correlations unless the chemical treatment was applied. Thus, a chemical treatment may reveal the reactions of tree rings’ elemental content to some weather parameters.</jats:p>

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Журнал: Plants

Выпуск журнала: Т.11, 23

Номера страниц: 3240

ISSN журнала: 22237747

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