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Improved tree-ring archives will support earth-system science

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A steep decline in archiving could make large tree-ring datasets irrelevant. But increased spatiotemporal coverage, the addition of novel parameters at sub-annual resolution, and integration with other in situ and remote Earth observations will elevate tree-ring data as an essential component of global-change research.

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Acknowledgements

We acknowledge funding from the EU-H2020 program (grant 640176, ‘Detecting changes in essential ecosystem and biodiversity properties — towards a Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index: BACI’) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (#P300P2_154543). We thank all ITRDB contributors, advisors and curators, and K. Seftigen, J. Björklund, A. Babst-Kostecka, M. E. K. Evans, and O. Bouriaud for fruitful discussions.

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  1. Dendroclimatology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zürcherstrasse 111, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland

    • Flurin Babst
    •  & David C. Frank
  2. W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Lubicz 46, 31-512 Krakow, Poland

    • Flurin Babst
  3. Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA

    • Benjamin Poulter
  4. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland 20771, USA

    • Benjamin Poulter
  5. Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA

    • Benjamin Poulter
  6. Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, 07745 Jena, Germany

    • Paul Bodesheim
    •  & Miguel D. Mahecha
  7. German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

    • Miguel D. Mahecha
  8. Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, 1215 E Lowell Street, Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA.

    • David C. Frank

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