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Touchan et al. 2017

Touchan, R., K.J. Anchukaitis, D.M. Meko, D. Kerchouche, S. Slimani, R. Ilmen, F. Hasnaoui, F. Guibal, J.J. Camarero, R. Sánchez-Salguero, A. Piermattei, A. Sesbou, B.I. Cook, M. Sabir, and H. Touchane, 2017: Climate controls on tree growth in the Western Mediterranean. The Holocene, 27, no. 10, 1429-1442, doi:10.1177/0959683617693901.

The first large-scale network of tree-ring chronologies from the western Mediterranean (WM; 32°N-43°N, 10°W-17°E) is described and analyzed to identify the seasonal climatic signal in indices of annual ring width. Correlation and rotated empirical orthogonal function analyses are applied to 85 tree-ring series and corresponding gridded climate data to assess the climate signal embedded in the network. Chronologies range in length from 80 to 1129 years. Monthly correlations and partial correlations show overall positive associations for Pinus halepensis (PIHA) and Cedrus atlantica (CDAT) with winter (December-February) and spring (March-May) precipitation across this network. In both seasons, the precipitation correlation with PIHA is stronger, while CDAT chronologies tend to be longer. A combination of positive correlations between growth and winter-summer precipitation and negative partial correlations with growing season temperatures suggests that chronologies in at least part of the network reflect soil moisture and the integrated effects of precipitation and evapotranspiration signal. The range of climate response observed across this network reflects a combination of both species and geographic influences. Western Moroccan chronologies have the strongest association with the North Atlantic Oscillation.

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  author={Touchan, R. and Anchukaitis, K. J. and Meko, D. M. and Kerchouche, D. and Slimani, S. and Ilmen, R. and Hasnaoui, F. and Guibal, F. and Camarero, J. J. and Sánchez-Salguero, R. and Piermattei, A. and Sesbou, A. and Cook, B. I. and Sabir, M. and Touchane, H.},
  title={Climate controls on tree growth in the Western Mediterranean},
  journal={The Holocene},

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RIS Citation

ID  - to01100l
AU  - Touchan, R.
AU  - Anchukaitis, K. J.
AU  - Meko, D. M.
AU  - Kerchouche, D.
AU  - Slimani, S.
AU  - Ilmen, R.
AU  - Hasnaoui, F.
AU  - Guibal, F.
AU  - Camarero, J. J.
AU  - Sánchez-Salguero, R.
AU  - Piermattei, A.
AU  - Sesbou, A.
AU  - Cook, B. I.
AU  - Sabir, M.
AU  - Touchane, H.
PY  - 2017
TI  - Climate controls on tree growth in the Western Mediterranean
JA  - The Holocene
JO  - The Holocene
VL  - 27
IS  - 10
SP  - 1429
EP  - 1442
DO  - 10.1177/0959683617693901
ER  -

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