Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Clim. Past, 16, 1873–1887, 2020

Special issue: International methods and comparisons in climate reconstruction...

Clim. Past, 16, 1873–1887, 2020

Research article 06 Oct 2020

Research article | 06 Oct 2020

Climate records in ancient Chinese diaries and their application in historical climate reconstruction – a case study of Yunshan Diary

Siying Chen et al.

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Short summary
Private diaries are important sources of historical data for research on climate change. Through a case study of Yunshan Diary, authored by Bi Guo of the Yuan dynasty of China, this article demonstrates how to delve into climate information in ancient diaries, mainly including species distribution records, phenological records and daily weather descriptions. This article considers how to use these records to reconstruct climate change and extreme climatic events on various timescales.