Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of Hydrometeorology

Volume

14

Issue

1

Publisher

American Meteorological Society

Publication Date

2-2013

First Page

375

Last Page

381

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-12-0124.1

Abstract

This study introduces a novel tree-ring dataset, with unparalleled spatial density, for use as a climate proxy. Ancillary Douglas fir and pin˜ on pine tree-ring data collected by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis Program (FIA data) were subjected to a series of tests to determine their feasibility as climate proxies. First, temporal coherence between the FIA data and previously published tree-ring chronologies was found to be significant. Second, spatial and temporal coherence between the FIA data and water year precipitation was strong. Third, the FIA data captured the El Nin˜o–Southern Oscillation dipole and revealed considerable latitudinal fluctuation over the past three centuries. Finally, the FIA data confirmed the quadrature-phase coupling between wet/dry cycles and Pacific decadal variability known to exist for the Intermountain West. The results highlight the possibility of further developing high-spatial-resolution climate proxy datasets for the western United States. (The preliminary FIA data are provided online at http://cliserv. jql.usu.edu/FIAdata/ in both station and gridded format.)

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