TOPICS TO BE COVERED

Dendrochronology: History, scientific basis and biological basis of dendrochronology;

Chronology Development: Sample preparation, cross-dating (skeleton plots), ring-width measurement, standardization, and assessment of chronology quality;

Dendroclimatic Reconstructions: Response-function and transfer- function analysis;

Applications:

Dendroarchaeology: Case studies from North America, North Africa, and eastern Mediterranean;

Dendrohydrology: Regional drought reconstructions for the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa; Colorado River reconstruction of annual flow; reconstruction of river flow from riparian tree rings;

Dendroecology: Fire history and climate patterns in conifer forests of USA, North Africa, and eastern Mediterranean;

Role of Dendrochronology in natural resource management: Collaborative planning for water sustainability in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa;