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Response of Radial Growth in Abies pindrow (Royle ex D.Don) Royle to Climate at Treeline Ecotone in the northwestern Himalaya

Malik, RA and Sukumar, R (2023) Response of Radial Growth in Abies pindrow (Royle ex D.Don) Royle to Climate at Treeline Ecotone in the northwestern Himalaya. [Book Chapter]

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-4476-5_20


The growth response of Himalayan pindrow fir (Abies pindrow) was investigated using tree rings at the treeline ecotone in Hirpora Wildlife Sanctuary in the northwestern Himalaya. The ring-width chronology was built based on 73 increment cores extracted from 40 healthy trees. The measurements were standardized to remove non-climatic growth trends, especially the age-related growth trends. The persistence, because of the effect of the previous year climate on current year growth, in standardized site chronology was removed by auto-regressive modelling. For dendroclimatic analysis, static and moving correlations were computed between site chronology and monthly temperature and precipitation data from Srinagar meteorological station. The climate data was divided into two parts pre-and post-1950 because of varying degrees of increase in the annual climate data during these two time periods. The growth rings formed post-1950 were bigger than those formed prior to 1950. Also, the growth-climate relationships varied between the time periods. The trees responded strongly to monthly temperature in the second part of the twentieth century, while the positive response to growing season precipitation weakened in the recent decades. The moving correlation analyses showed periods of strong and weak climatic responses consistent with the results from static correlations in the two studied time periods. This study will help in understanding the growth responses of Himalayan conifers to climate and hence would also aid in better predicting their future growth in response to predicted climate warming

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: Ecology of Himalayan Treeline Ecotone
Publisher: Springer Nature
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Springer Nature.
Keywords: Abies pindrow; Climate change; Dendroclimatology; Growth-climate relationships; Tree-ring width
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2023 09:45
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2023 09:45
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/82418

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