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Title: Intra-seasonal variability of teak tree-ring cellulose δ<sup>18</sup>O from northwestern Thailand: A potential proxy of Thailand summer monsoon rainfall
Authors: Chotika Muangsong
Binggui Cai
Nathsuda Pumijumnong
Chaoyong Hu
Guoliang Lei
Mahidol University
Fujian Normal University
Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University
China University of Geosciences
Keywords: Arts and Humanities;Earth and Planetary Sciences;Environmental Science
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2016
Citation: Holocene. Vol.26, No.9 (2016), 1397-1405
Abstract: © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Thailand has been regarded as a transition zone between the Indian and western North Pacific monsoons which produce most of the precipitation in this area and sustain large-scale agricultural activities. Their different moisture sources and associated transport trajectories could result in distinguishable seasonal variations in rainfall oxygen isotopes (δ18O). Knowledge about seasonal variability in Thailand monsoon could facilitate agricultural water management and improve our understanding of the Asian monsoon system. In this study, a detailed examination of the intra-seasonal variability of tree-ring cellulose δ18O in teak trees from Northwestern Thailand was performed. The results show clear intra-seasonal variability in cellulose δ18O, with heavier values in the early rainy season and much lighter values in the later rainy season. Climate correlation analysis indicates that there is a significant and positive correlation between sub-seasonal variation in cellulose δ18O and rainfall δ18O. A weak and negative correlation with relative humidity (RH) has also been identified. However, there is no relation between intra-seasonal variation in cellulose and that of the amount of rainfall. These results imply that intra-seasonal variability of cellulose δ18O in teak trees from Northwestern Thailand may inherit such variability in rainfall δ18O and might be slightly shaded by RH. The spatial correlations with large-scale precipitation in the Merged Analysis (CMAP) and Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) data sets indicated seasonal changes in moisture origin and may potentially be used to explore long-term monsoon climate variability on a seasonal scale in subtropical Southeast Asia.
ISSN: 14770911
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2016-2017

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