October 20, 2007

I have become fascinated with dendrochronology (dendro). Dendro is the science that analyzes temporal and spatial consistencies of various processes using tree rings. The tree rings are dated to their exact year of formation. This data can be used across several disciplines: anthropology, geology, climatology, and ecology– to just name a few.

Of course, there is a ton of data to analyze. The primary data bank is located at The International Tree-Ring Data Bank and is maintained by the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program and World Data Center for Paleoclimatology. It includes raw ring width or wood density measurements, and growth indices for a site.

I am very excited to combine this mass amount of raw data with the power of lisp! I will document my adventures for those who are interested.