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BG | Articles | Volume 16, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 16, 4815–4827, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4815-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Biogeosciences, 16, 4815–4827, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4815-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 19 Dec 2019

Research article | 19 Dec 2019

Trees do not always act their age: size-deterministic tree ring standardization for long-term trend estimation in shade-tolerant trees

Rachel Dietrich and Madhur Anand

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Sep 2019) by Sebastiaan Luyssaert
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Oct 2019) by Sebastiaan Luyssaert
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (09 Oct 2019)  Author's response
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RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (18 Oct 2019)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Oct 2019) by Sebastiaan Luyssaert
AR by Rachel Dietrich on behalf of the Authors (01 Nov 2019)  Author's response    Manuscript
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In shade-tolerant tree species, growth is not strictly related to tree age. In this study we show that novel tree ring standardization models that incorporate tree size in the year of ring formation produce more accurate chronologies than those produced by contemporary, age-based standardization models. These findings are important for accurate and reliable long-term trend reconstruction in tree ring studies in all species but are especially so for shade-tolerant species.
In shade-tolerant tree species, growth is not strictly related to tree age. In this study we...
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