New Zealand Journal of Ecology (1987) 10: 77- 95

Dendrochronology—a Review with Emphasis on New Zealand Applications

Research Article
D. A. Norton 1
J. Ogden 2
  1. School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Private Bag, Christchurch, New Zealand
  2. Department of Botany, University of Auckland, Private Bag, Auckland, New Zealand

The distinction is drawn in this paper between true dendrochronological studies (using crossdating) and studies using tree-ring counts to age trees or date events. The advantages of the former approach are emphasized. We summarize the main methods used in dendrochronology, concentrating on new approaches and techniques important in the New Zealand context, present a review of recent dendrochronological research in New Zealand, and finally discuss applications of dendrochronology relevant to New Zealand.