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Interview with Edward Cook on summer temperature variability over the Bhutanese Himalaya

February 13, 2018

Ewing Lamont Research Professor and Director of the Tree Ring Lab at Columbia University Edward Cook joins Program Director of Yale Himalaya Initiative Alark Saxena for a discussion of tree-ring research on summer temperature variability in Bhutan.

Since 2002, Dr. Cook has conducted tree-ring research primarily for the study of climate change but also for forestry applications. Examining Himalayan spruce, Dr. Cook and his team reconstructed temperatures for June to August for 638 years between 1376 to 2013. Noting that the warmest period is occurring now in the 21st century, Dr. Cook discusses implications of glacial retreat in Bhutan and Himalayan regions.

This video was recorded in November 2016.
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