Preliminary evaluation of the potential of tree-ring cellulose content as a novel supplementary proxy in dendroclimatology

Ziehmer, Malin Michelle; Nicolussi, Kurt; Schlüchter, Christian; Leuenberger, Markus (2018). Preliminary evaluation of the potential of tree-ring cellulose content as a novel supplementary proxy in dendroclimatology. Biogeosciences, 15(4), pp. 1047-1064. European Geosciences Union 10.5194/bg-15-1047-2018

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Cellulose content (CC (%)) in tree rings is usually utilised as a tool to control the quality of the α-cellulose extraction from tree rings in the preparation of stable-isotope analysis in wooden tissues. Reported amounts of CC (%) are often limited to mean values per tree. For the first time, CC (%) series from two high-Alpine species, Larix decidua Mill. (European Larch, LADE) and Pinus cembra L. (Swiss stone pine, PICE) are investigated in modern wood samples and Holocene wood remains from the Early and mid-Holocene. Modern CC (%) series reveal a species-specific low-frequency trend independent of their sampling site over the past 150 years. Climate–cellulose relationships illustrate the ability of CC (%) to record temperature in both species but for slightly different periods within the growing season.
The Holocene CC (%) series illustrate diverging low-frequency trends in both species, independent of sampling site characteristics (latitude, longitude and elevation). Moreover, potential age trends are not apparent in the two coniferous species. The arithmetic mean of CC (%) series in the Early and mid-Holocene indicate low CC (%) succeeding cold events. In conclusion, CC (%) in tree rings show high potential to be established as novel supplementary proxy in dendroclimatology.

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08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Climate and Environmental Physics
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geological Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Other Institutions > Emeriti, Faculty of Science

Graduate School:

Graduate School of Climate Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Ziehmer, Malin Michelle, Schlüchter, Christian, Leuenberger, Markus


500 Science > 550 Earth sciences & geology
500 Science > 530 Physics




European Geosciences Union




Monika Wälti-Stampfli

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04 Apr 2018 13:04

Last Modified:

02 Mar 2023 23:30

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