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Statistical Methods for Climate Reconstructions from Tree Rings

Tree-rings have been globally used to reconstruct past climate. The present course introduce the students in theoretical and practical aspects of methods for tree ring climate reconstruction. Topics include: 1) the process to develop a tree-ring chronology and the standardization methods to capture climate signals in tree growth; 2) manipulation of climate data and tree-ring chronologies to reconstruct past climate; 3) understanding the links between the tree-ring chronologies and climate reconstruction with climate forcing thorough spatial field analysis.

We encourage students to work with their own tree-ring measures; otherwise we will provide with samples measurements from different regions of Argentina.

Lead professors

Dr. Edward R. Cook, Tree-Ring Laboratory, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, USA.

Dr. Ricardo Villalba, Laboratorio de Dendrocronología e Historia Ambiental, IANIGLA, CONICET Mendoza, Argentina.

Assistant professors

Dr. Mariano Morales, Laboratorio de Dendrocronología e Historia Ambiental, IANIGLA, CONICET Mendoza, Argentina.

Dra. Eugenia Ferrero, Laboratorio de Dendrocronología e Historia Ambiental, IANIGLA, CONICET Mendoza, Argentina.

Course Program

Logistics and costs

Course is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and professionals; multivariate analysis background is desirable. Applied theory and the use of specialized computer software for climate reconstruction, as well as practical training will be emphasized. The course is scheduled to have 30 hours of instruction.

Evaluation procedure: Presentations by participants on assigned works during the course.

Course fees: Payment until March 28th: 1,000 AR$. Payment after March 28th: 1,200 AR$

(1 U$D = 20,15 AR$ on February 15th, 2018. Please check the Argentinean currency exchange rate)

There is partial funding available for travel and accommodation costs. Send CV in pdf format (max. 3 pages), half a page explaining why are you requesting the scholarship, and pre-registration form to: cursos@mendoza-conicet.gob.ar.

Students will be selected on the basis of the academic background after registration.