Here are some short descriptions of new activities and developments over the past few months.
Presentations to forest service staff in Turkey. Available on the following web sites:
Presentation "Eastern Mediterranean Climate Variability Reconstructed from Tree Rings" at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University in Beirut that was held on Decmber 5, 2008.
The recent paper
“Long term context for recent drought in northwestern Africa”
by Ramzi Touchan, Kevin J. Anchukaitis, David M. Meko, Said Attalah, Christopher Baisan, and Ali Aloui
in Geophysical Research Letters vol. 35, L13705 2008 http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008GL034264
has attracted considerable attention. The Editors’ Choice section of the journal Science (vol. 321, No. 5889, 01 August 2008, p. 612) summarizes the paper, and the American Geopysical Union’s weekly publication EOS featured it in their Journal Highlights section.
Touchan, Meko and Baisan are all currently at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, and Anchukaitis is a recent graduate.