2005, on a visit to Prof. Yu Liu (IEECAS) Xian by Prof. Chen and Associate Prof. Hans
Linderholm (DES), an agreement on a cooperative project “China-Sweden comparative study on Paleoclimatic variations
reconstructed from tree rings and historical records for the last 400 yr”
was made This resulted in a joint field work in the Qinling Mountains in 2006,
as well as several publications. In 2007, On a visit to by Prof. Liu and Huiming
Song worked at DES as visiting scientists, and an important outcome of this
visit was an agreement to establish a joint center on tree-ring research.
academic aspect, it was agreed that teleconnections between High Asia and Northern Europe are of importance for regional and
hemispheric scale climate evolution and variability. Significant efforts should
be made to increase our understanding of such features back in time using
high-resolution climate proxies, e.g. tree rings. Consequently, the Sino-Swedish Centre for
Tree-Ring Research (SISTRR) rests on mutual scientific questions and the firm collaboration regarding tree-ring research that has evolved over the last years. The study
areas of this collaboration have included both
Northern Europe and China.
The tree-ring laboratories at the collaborating institutes are leading in their
vision and goals
With the existing competence, infrastructures, and instruments, as
well as the strong willingness to collaborate the Centre will be able in the
position to play a key role in the development of tree-ring researches in China and Sweden. It is expected that the Centre
will act as a base for cooperation between China
within the field of tree-ring research in the future. It is our vision that the Centre
will become one of the most active research groups in the world on tree-ring
research within next 5 years.
The specific goals we set up include
To produce high quality tree-ring related data for scientific
To contribute to the development of climate science,
especially further the understanding of past climate variability through joint
To achieve top-class science by utilizing the Centre’s competence in
both paleoclimatology and climate modelling.
To publish collaborative papers
in high-profile scientific journals.
These goals can be achieved by joint research projects, field works,
workshops, staff exchanges and student training.