A preliminary reconstruction (AD 1635-2000) of spring precipitation using oak tree rings in the western Black Sea region of Turkey


Akkemik U. , Dagdeviren N. , Aras A.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOMETEOROLOGY, cilt.49, ss.297-302, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 49 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s00484-004-0249-8
  • Dergi Adı: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIOMETEOROLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.297-302

Özet

Tree-ring data for Turkey are crucial to the understanding of the climatological effect of drought and rainfall from one era to the next. To this end, the present study reconstructed precipitation patterns in the western Black Sea region of Turkey. Tree-ring widths of oak trees were used to reconstruct March - June precipitation patterns for the years A. D. 1635 - 2000. According to the findings, during the past four centuries drought events in this region persisted for no more than 2 years, and extreme dry and wet events occurred generally in 1-year intervals. Historical records of droughts in Anatolia and neighboring countries corroborate the data furnished by tree-ring widths to indicate that major droughts and famine events occurred in 1725, 1757, 1887, 1890 - 1891, 1893 - 1894 and 1927 - 1928.

 

Tree-ring data for Turkey are crucial to the
understanding of the climatological effect of drought and
rainfall from one era to the next. To this end, the present
study reconstructed precipitation patterns in the western
Black Sea region of Turkey. Tree-ring widths of oak trees
were used to reconstruct March–June precipitation patterns
for the years A.D. 1635–2000. According to the
findings, during the past four centuries drought events in
this region persisted for no more than 2 years, and extreme
dry and wet events occurred generally in 1-year
intervals. Historical records of droughts in Anatolia and
neighboring countries corroborate the data furnished by
tree-ring widths to indicate that major droughts and
famine events occurred in 1725, 1757, 1887, 1890–1891,
1893–1894 and 1927–1928.
Keywords Reconstruction · Oak chronology · Dendroclimatology
· Black sea region · Turkey