IAWA Journal, Val. 19 (4),1998 REVIEWS Proceedings of the East Asia Workshop on Tree-Ring Analysis. Won-Kyu Park (ed.), 206 pp., illus., 1997. Agricultural Science & Technology Institute ofChungbuk National University & Korean Forestry Society Division 5. Price: c. US$ 15 (paperback). Proceedings of the second East Asia Workshop on Tree-Ring Analysis. Won-Kyu Park & Je-Su Kim (eds.), 192 pp., illus., 1998. Publishers as above. Price: c. US$ 15 (paperback). (Available from Dr. Won-Kyu Park, Department of Forest Products, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju 361-763. Republic of Korea; fax: 0431 2732241; e-mail: email@example.com). South Korea harbours a very active dendrochronological scene, gaining increasing international significance, not in the least thanks to the active efforts of one of the editors ofthese proceedings, Dr. Wong-Kyu Park. The two volumes offered at a very low price bear witness to this. The workshops were organised with a tutorial component to familiarise students with the principles of tree biological, climatological, and wood anatomical backgrounds of tree-ring analysis, and aseries of presentations on ongoing research. The proceedings were brought out prior to the workshops, so that they in fact could serve as manuals for the participants. This remarkable achievement has as negative side effect that apparently no time could be spent on the linguistic editing of the individual contributions - a forgivable, but yet painful omission in some of the papers by Korean, Japanese, Thai and Russian contributors. The 1997 proceedings feature an extensive review of dendrochronology as a tool to study global and regional processes by E. A. Vaganov, and several interesting case studies from Korea, Thailand and China covering a diversity of tree-ring analytical applications to climatology, ecology, fire history, heavy metal pollution, etc. The tutorial chapters (some of which are suitable for class materials elsewhere) deal with site selection, statistical analysis, tree ring fonnation, wood structure and crossdating methods. The second workshop was held as recently as 25 and 30 October, just before and after the highly successfu14th Pacific Regional Wood Anatomy Meeting in Kwangju. Again a highly infonnative and useful set of tutorials is included here on principles of dendrochronology (by D. Eckstein), on wood anatomical aspects of tree-rings (by T. Fujii), on the physiology of tree-ring formation (by F. Telewski), on ecological aspects of tree-ring fonnation (by E.-S. Kim), on standardisation and autoregressive modelling (by K. Yasue), on the skeleton plot method (by w.-K. Park), and on cross dating (by N. Pumijumnong). The seminar papers are also by a more international crowd than in the first workshop, while the poster accounts again deal with specific Korean and Thai studies. Instantaneously produced proceedings of this kind easily run the risk of ending up as grey literature. However, quite a few of the present papers deserve a much wider audience. The editors should be commended for their effective efforts to stimulate the development of tree-ring analysis in Asia. [Po B.]
IAWA Journal – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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