Tree rings are useful indicators of interannual to decadal-scale climate variability. In this paper we show that tree-ring data from die northwestern Atlantic sector may reflect the great negative salinity (GSA) and related positive sea ice anomalies of the 1960's-70's. Along with cold surface air temperatures at coastal land stations, there were declines in ring widths in the 1970's in temperature-sensitive birch trees in southern Greenland, white spruce in Labrador, and white spruce and white pine from Newfoundland. Tree-ring and other data from both sides of the North Atlantic also indicate a decadal-scale warm event, with subsequent cooling, around the 1820's-1830's.
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