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Where Asia's Monsoons Go to Die

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Science  28 Sep 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6102, pp. 1598-1599
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6102.1598

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An ambitious effort is gathering tree-ring samples from across Asia as proxies for past climate conditions. Records from more than a dozen Asian countries—including Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, and Vietnam—populate a database known as the Monsoon Asia Drought Atlas, developed at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Rolled out 2 years ago, the database is a living atlas, researchers say.

  • * Christina Larson is a writer in Beijing.