Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Clim. Past, 17, 929–950, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-929-2021

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

Clim. Past, 17, 929–950, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-17-929-2021

Research article 28 Apr 2021

Research article | 28 Apr 2021

Could phenological records from Chinese poems of the Tang and Song dynasties (618–1279 CE) be reliable evidence of past climate changes?

Yachen Liu et al.

Data sets

Observation data of typical plant phenology at Xi'an site of China Phenology Observation Network National Earth System Science Data Center http://www.geodata.cn/data/datadetails.html?dataguid=5881257&docid=19673

Daily Surface Climate Dataset for China (V3.0) China Meteorological Data Service Center http://data.cma.cn/en/?r=data/detail&dataCode=SURF_CLI_CHN_MUL_DAY_CES_V3.0

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Short summary
There are controversies about whether poetry can be used as one of the evidence sources for past climate changes. We tried to discuss the reliability and validity of phenological records from poems of the Tang and Song dynasties (618–1279 CE) by analyzing their certainties and uncertainties. A standardized processing method for phenological records from poems is introduced. We hope that this study can provide a reference for the extraction and application of phenological records from poems.