Dendrochronology, tree-ring research, forms the backbone of late Quaternary geochronology. Tree rings are observed from living trees, subfossil remains, as well as historical and archaeological objects. Dendrochronology contributes to multi-disciplinary research questions. The aim of the course is that the students will familiarize themselves with the basic theories and methods of dendrochronology. The aim is to learn to understand dendrochronological data and analyses.
Contents: the lectures will demonstrate the most essential methods of modern dendrochronology. Tree-ring research as a Quaternary dating method and as a tool for reconstructing past climate and environmental variability will be discussed. The course will focus on Finnish research and data with insights to studies conducted in Europe, North-America, and Asia. The course will also discuss how dendrochronological understanding can be applied into other incremental method of Quaternary research. The course language will be English.