In the 1990s, Ed Cook and Paul Krusic established the first ever comprehensive network of tree-ring records across Nepal to estimate paleotemperature for the central Himalaya. Recently, a new generation of Nepalese dendrochronologists have been actively involved in producing tree-ring data to reconstruct several aspects of climate, examine forest-climate interactions, and assess the dynamics of high-elevation forests. With few recent examples from works done by my colleagues and me, I will share the development in the science of dendrochronology and its applications in the central Himalaya.
Uday K. Thapa is a paleoclimatologist from Nepal working for his doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Dendrochronology. Mr. Thapa uses tree-ring methods to study climate change, forest health and atmospheric processes.