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Clim. Past, 15, 1113–1131, 2019
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Research article 25 Jun 2019

Research article | 25 Jun 2019

Early summer hydroclimatic signals are captured well by tree-ring earlywood width in the eastern Qinling Mountains, central China

Yesi Zhao et al.

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We found that the tree-ring earlywood width (EWW) of Pinus tabuliformis from the eastern Qinling Mountains (central China) showed stronger response to May–July scPDSI than the tree-ring total width and latewood width. Therefore, variations in May–July scPDSI were reconstructed back to 1868 CE using the EWW chronology. The reconstruction exhibited a strong in-phase relationship with the East Asian summer monsoon intensity before the 1940s, which was different from that found in recent decades.