Editorial: Papers from the 7th International Conference on Dendrochronology - Cultural Diversity, Environmental Variability
The 7th International Conference on Dendrochronology - Cultural Diversity, Environmental Variability was held in Beijing, China from 11 to 17 June 2006. The conference was organized and hosted by the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IB_CAS) in conjunction with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Working Group 5.01.07 (Tree-Ring Analysis) and under the auspices of the Tree-Ring Society (TRS) and the European Association for Tree-Ring Research (ATR). It was also sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Past Global Changes (PAGES). The conference was a major international gathering which included almost 300 scientists from 35 countries who use tree rings to study various issues. The conference sessions included over 200 oral presentations and around 100 posters which covered all aspects of tree-ring studies including the following broad subject areas: chemical and physical properties of tree rings (including isotopes, chemical and elemental analyses and their applications); the biological basis of tree rings (including physiology, biology, and wood anatomy); climatology and hydrology; ecology (including forest dynamics, disturbance studies, animal population dynamics, etc.) and geology (including geomorphology). The conference was intended to strengthen communication and cooperation among tree-ring researchers all over the world and to demonstrate the use of dendrochronology to better understand changing global environments and human cultures. Another aim of the conference was to encourage tree-ring research and education in China and other Asian countries.