A 180-year-long isotopic record of tree-ring cellulose on Okinawa Island, Japan

Ryu Uemura, Miki Uemura, Masaki Sano, Takeshi Nakatsuka

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    The oxygen isotope ratio (d 18 O) of tree-ring cellulose provides a valuable climatic record with an annual timescale. In Japan, the cellulose d 18 O records have been accumulated over the past decade. However, no long-term records have been reported for the southern subtropical island, Okinawa-jima, where many long-lived trees were burned during the Second World War and have been periodically damaged by typhoons. Here, we show a cellulose d 18 O of Ryukyu Pine (Pinus luchuensis Mayr.) from the Okinawa-jima island. This d 18 O data, which was obtained from a tree-disk preserved in a University Museum, cover a 95-year period before meteorological observation began on this island in 1891. The cellulose d 18 O variations negatively correlate with the amount of precipitation during the rainy season, suggesting that the cellulose d 18 O values are largely affected by d 18 O of rainwater rather than large scale ENSO variations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)E21-E27
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


    • Monsoon
    • Okinawa
    • Oxygen isotope
    • Paleo climate
    • Tree-ring

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geophysics
    • Geochemistry and Petrology

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