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A Tree-Ring-Based Assessment of Pinus armandii Adaptability to Climate Using Two Statistical Methods in Mt. Yao, Central China during 1961–2016

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College of Geography and Environmental Science, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
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National Demonstration Center for Environmental and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
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Henan Key Laboratory of Earth System Observation and Modeling, Henan University, Kaifeng 475004, China
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Department of Geography, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Forests 2021, 12(6), 780; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12060780
Received: 27 April 2021 / Revised: 6 June 2021 / Accepted: 10 June 2021 / Published: 13 June 2021
Assessing the characteristics and limiting factors of tree growth is of practical significance for environmental studies and climatic reconstruction, especially in climate transition zones. In this study, four sites of Pinus armandii Franeh are investigated to understand regional climate-tree growth response in Mt. Yao, central China. Based on the high similarity of four residual chronologies and high correlations between chronologies and climatic factors, we analyzed the correlations of regional residual chronology with monthly climatic factors and the self-calibrating Palmer Drought Severity Index (scPDSI) from 1961–2016. The results indicate that the hydrothermal combination of prior August and current May and the scPDSI in May are main limiting factors of regional tree growth in Mt. Yao. The results of stepwise regression models also show that temperature and scPDSI in May are the main limiting factors of tree growth, but the limiting effect of scPDSI is more than temperature in this month. Through the analysis of the number of tree growth years corresponding to high temperature and high scPDSI, it was further confirmed that scPDSI in May is the main limiting factor on the growth of P. armandii in Mt. Yao. However, the influence of scPDSI in May has weakened, while temperature in May has increasingly significant influence on tree growth. The above findings will help improve our understanding of forest dynamics in central China under global climate change. View Full-Text
Keywords: tree-rings; Pinus armandii; adaptability; climatic response; Mt. Yao tree-rings; Pinus armandii; adaptability; climatic response; Mt. Yao
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Peng, J.; Li, J.; Li, J.; Li, X.; Cui, J.; Peng, M.; Huo, J.; Yang, L. A Tree-Ring-Based Assessment of Pinus armandii Adaptability to Climate Using Two Statistical Methods in Mt. Yao, Central China during 1961–2016. Forests 2021, 12, 780. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12060780

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Peng J, Li J, Li J, Li X, Cui J, Peng M, Huo J, Yang L. A Tree-Ring-Based Assessment of Pinus armandii Adaptability to Climate Using Two Statistical Methods in Mt. Yao, Central China during 1961–2016. Forests. 2021; 12(6):780. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12060780

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Peng, Jianfeng, Jingru Li, Jinbao Li, Xuan Li, Jiayue Cui, Meng Peng, Jiaxin Huo, and Liu Yang. 2021. "A Tree-Ring-Based Assessment of Pinus armandii Adaptability to Climate Using Two Statistical Methods in Mt. Yao, Central China during 1961–2016" Forests 12, no. 6: 780. https://doi.org/10.3390/f12060780

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