Tree rings tell ancient tales in Tartu
The EuroDendro 2017 conference will be held in Tartu, Estonia on 6–10 September 2017. The international conference will bring together more than a hundred tree-ring researchers from twenty-five European countries as well as Asian, and North and South American scholars.
The scientists will present and discuss exciting advances in tree-ring research. During the conference 52 talks will be given and 50 posters presented. Novel aspects of climate change detected from tree rings and dating of panel paintings, historical ships and buildings are a few of the main themes.
The conference presenters include a dendroclimatologist and an author of millennia-long tree-ring chronologies Samuli Helama (Finland), a wood-anatomy specialist Katarina Čufar (Slovenia), and broad-scope daters of wooden objects Tomasz Ważny (Poland and USA), Aoife Daly (Denmark), and Kristof Haneca (Belgium). “Dendrochronologists work across borders – whether it is a climate study or a dating and provenancing of a wooden artefact. For example, dating ship wrecks found in Kadriorg or the oak-board book covers saved from the fire of the Piirissaare chapel is possible only in a good international dendrochronology network as the wood used to make the objects is not of local origin. Thus the conference will help to strengthen and broaden the connections between researchers and to create new horizons for international cooperation involving Estonian dendrochronologists,” explained Alar Läänelaid the most well-known dendrochronologist in Estonia, a co-organiser of the conference. “It is remarkable that Estonia has the opportunity to host tree-ring researchers all over Europe and beyond,” Läänelaid adds.
The conference excursion will take the dendrochronologists to world- and Estonian-record holding trees, a pristine peat bog and Setu village chapels which have been dated by tree rings as some of the oldest wooden buildings in Estonia.
EuroDendro 2017 is jointly organised by the Department of Geography of the University of Tartu and by the Department of Forest Management of the Estonian University of Life Sciences.
Alar Läänelaid, Associate professor in landscape ecology; +3725236812, alar.laanelaid [ät] ut.ee
Kristina Sohar, Research fellow in physical geography; +37253432932, kristina.sohar [ät] ut.ee