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Biogeosciences, 16, 4815–4827, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4815-2019
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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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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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