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Trees, Climate and the Act of Union
March 25, 2021 @ 19:30 - 21:00Free
A virtual talk by Rob Wilson of St Andrews University.
Our climate is changing. Over the coming decades, it is likely that Scotland will get warmer, wetter and stormier. But how much has Scotland warmed in recent decades. How does this current warming compare to the last 1000 years and what were the extreme warm and cold periods during that time?
With the instrumental data providing information only for the last 150 years or so, we must rely on proxies of past climate to extend our knowledge back in time. Scots pine trees can provide a profound rich story of both climate and environmental change. In this talk, I will detail how the information stored in the rings of trees can provide us with information of past temperature changes in Scotland for the last millennium, but also how Scotland is but one small piece in a much larger complex puzzle of climate change that will affect us all over the coming decades.
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