Pre-Conference International School “Data Analysis in Tree-Ring Research”

Siberian Federal University in close collaboration with Baltic Federal University (Kaliningrad, Russia) and the Association for Tree-Ring Research are holding a TRACE 2017 meeting in the city of Svetlogorsk within the Kaliningrad region (Russia) between May 16 to 21, 2017. The meeting is oriented to all interested in dendrochronology and welcomes oral or poster contributions in all fields of dendrochronology and it's applications.


Russia, Kaliningrad region, the city of Svetlogorsk, conference hall of the Hotel «Volna» located in five minute walking distance from the Baltic sea.

Registration Form

The meeting is oriented to the following fields:

  • Dendrochronology
  • Archaeology
  • Climatology
  • Geomorphology
  • Glaciology
  • Fire History
  • Forest Dynamics
  • Ecology
  • Hydrology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Other

Participants will have an opportunity to:

  • Attend lectures given by international experts in the field;
  • Participate in discussions on the topic;
  • Learn more about dendrochronology and related fields;
  • Visit the city of Svetlogorsk and participate in excursions (facultative).

Working language: English

The program of the meeting

On Monday, May 15th:

  • Evening: Arrival of the first workshop participants.

On Tuesday, May 16th:

  • "R Fundamentals in Dendrochronology", instructor — Ernst van der Maaten, University of Greifswald, Germany
    More info

    The R language and programming environment is increasingly used in dendrochronology. R is the world’s preeminent open-source statistical computing software and its power can be harnessed for tree-ring science through the contribution of add-on packages, which are freely available on the internet.

    There are several R packages for working with tree- ring data, like DPLR for standardization and chronology building, TREECLIM for climate-growth analysis, and pointRes for analyses of pointer years and components of tree resilience.

    Although extremely powerful, R has a steep learning curve that has lead some to postpone using it in their own work. In this interactive workshop, the fundamentals of R will be explained. Further, these packages will be demonstrated.

    The workshop format will include a demonstration using onboard data sets but will also include a chance for participants to work with their own data in a collaborative environment. The workshop targets specifically at novice and entry-level R users.

  • Methods of quantitative and functional wood anatomy", instructor — Georg von Arx and Patrick Fonti, WSL Switzerland
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    The course introduces to theoretical and practical aspects of analyzing of cell anatomical features along series of tree rings, including sample preparation, cell measurements and data analysis.

    In particular the participants will learn about the dos and don'ts of sample preparation and measurements, obtain a demonstration of ROXAS (the most versatile software for cell anatomical measurements) and of some examples of data analyses and applications.

On Wednesday, May 17th:

  • "Detecting Climate-Growth Relationships by Use of the Statistical Analysis Tool CLIMTREG", instructor — Wolfgang Beck, Johann Heinrich von Thuenen Institute, Germany
    More info
    • The philosophy of CLIMTREG — what are the differences compared to other methods.
    • Explanations: parts of CLIMTREG; data structures, paths, exercise of installation on PC/notebook; Interested colleagues should bring their own notebooks.
    • Opportunities to use CLIMTREG, modes to operate.
    • Where to find the results paths, data structures, additional tools to display and analyze the result data files.
    • Findings obtained from CLIMTREG results:
      • Changing climatic effects on tree growth rates
      • Share of effects of summerly heat and drought only, compared to the effects of all included climatic variables
      • Proof of the adaptability of trees to changing climate
      • How to apply climatic scenarios of the future development
      • On the value of results obtained from scenario simulations
    • Further development of CLIMTREG
January, 2nd Registration, Abstract Submission and Request for Financial Support open
March, 10th Deadline for Registration, Abstract Submission and Request for Financial Support
March, 20th Decision on Financial Support and Presentation Acceptance
March, 31st Deadline for Conference Fee Payment
April, 10th Detailed Scientific Program and Confirmation Letter at the webpage and via e-mail
April, 15th Conference Bus Schedule Opens
April, 28th Deadline for Bus Registration
May, 15th-16th Conference Starts


  • For general questions, comments, requests contact TRACERussia2017 [at] mail [dot] ru (Victoriya).

Abstract submission:

  • To submit your abstract for oral or poster contact TRACERussia2017 [at] mail [dot] ru.


  • Visa papers (pdf copy of your international passport and the filled special form) are to be sent to TRACE2017visa [at] mail [dot] ru.


  • Information on hotel reservation is to be sent to TRACE2017hotel [at] mail [dot] ru.

TRACE 2016 was held between 11–15th of May in Białowieża Forest in eastern Poland.

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