Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Geology and Geography
The following dissertation is composed of three separate manuscripts with the overall theme of hydroclimate reconstructions of the Potomac River Basin. The first manuscript investigated two methods of crossdating eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) and examined the dendroclimatic response of earlywood, latewood, and total ring-width. In the second manuscript, May precipitation for West Virginia Climate Region 6 was reconstructed using two millennial-length eastern redcedar chronologies from 750-1998. Comparisons were made to other paleoclimate proxy records of moisture in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The final manuscript focused on a multi-species reconstruction of Potomac River streamflow from 950-2001. In this manuscript, species importance in the reconstruction model was examined and the frequency, intensity, and duration of drought and pluvial events were calculated for water resources management. Each manuscript, or chapter, has its own abstract and has been formatted for publication in a specific journal.
Maxwell, Richard Stockton, "Hydroclimate reconstructions of the Potomac River Basin using tree rings" (2010). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 3113.