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date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 07:27:44 +0330
from: "mostafajafari" <>
subject: Re: Consultation and request
to: "Keith Briffa" <>

Subject: Consultation and request
Dear Keith
Thank you very much for your kind response, support and also readiness for collaboration on
the project.
More information on my project:
1- Project is entitled "Investigation on Climate Change Effects on Forest Ecosystems in
Gilan and Mazandaran Provinces with Emphasize of Wood Dendrology Studies"
2- Project areas are in Hyrcanian forest zone in North of Iran, in southern part of Caspian
Sea, on northern slop of Albourz mountain range. Hyrcanian forest is a narrow line of
temperate forest with rainfall from more than 2000 mm per year in west down to about 600 mm
per year in east. First phase of the project is for a period of three years.
3- First, we want to select sites and then tree species. Nature of tree rings and distance
to meteorological stations and availability of data are important factors for these
selections. We concentrate on dendroclimatology, to study effect of climate change on
forest ecosystems.
Candidate tree species mainly could be among Beech (Fagus orientalis), Hornbeam (Carpinus
betulus), Maple (Acer velutinum), Oak (Quercus castaneifolia), Alder (Alnus subcordata) or
in second priority among Linden (Tilia), Walnut (Juglans), Chestnut (Castanea), Poplar
(Populus), or Ash (Fraxinus excelsior).
4- Then we trying to take specimens by coring or discs (if harvesting is in processes).
5- Measurements of tree rings width (crossdating by skeleton plotting)
6- Tree ring proxy
7- Dendrology analysis for chronology and climate elements correlations.

Following topics could be considered for cooperation between our Research Institute and
your University:
1- Consultation on project framework and methodology confirmation.
2- Technical and/or financial assistances on, for example, related software for data
3- Field visit.
4- Publications.
5- An agreement on research collaboration may be drafted with more details.
5- A joint research project might be possible to be identified.
I would also be happy to know that, how it can be possible for me to spend
a short fellowship on dendroclimatology in your lab?
Once again thanks for your positive reaction and hoping for fruitful future cooperation.
Best regards,
Mostafa Jafari (Ph.D)

-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Briffa <>
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 15:48:22 +0000
Subject: Re: Consultation and request

Dear Mostafa
I am happy to try and lend support where possible. We here would
collaborate and advise if you think this is useful. We would need
more detail of our expected contribution in terms of time - but we
would be unable to offer any financial support due to lack of
resources. Please let me know what practical help we could offer.
best wishes
and other people working with tree-ring data (Tom. Phil, Tim)
At 07:02 28/01/2008, you wrote:
>Dr. Keith R. Briffa,
>Climate Research Unit,
>University of East Anglia,
>Subject: Consultation and request
>Dear Keith
>I hope this email reach you in good health and active position as before.
>As lead author, during our work on preparation of fourth assessment report
>(AR4) of IPCC, we faced with very scare references -base upon publication
>of research results- in the Central Asia and Middle East. This gap needs
>to be filled with research work. Without complete set of data and
>information from all part of the earth it wouldn't be possible to have
>precise and correct climate projection for the world.
>I proposed a research project in Research Institute of Forests and
>Rangelands ( [2] ) entitled "Investigation on
>Climate Change Effects on Forest Ecosystems in Gilan and Mazandaran
>Provinces with Emphasize of Wood Dendrology Studies" and as project
>director (manager), I am trying to contact with experienced people for
>consultation and sharing lab methodologies.
>In this project a position for an international advisor included. By
>this letter
>I ask you to response kindly to the following requests:
>Is it possible for you to kindly accept to cooperate as project advisor?
>If yes, with your agreement even, we possibly can identify a joint project?
>Secondly how would it be possible for me to spent scientific fellowship in
>your lab in related to dendroclimatology?
>You may be familiar with Caspian (Hyrcanian) forest in Iran, but for your
>further information a small description is given here.
>I.R. of Iran is located in the North Temperate Zone from 25 to 40 degrees
>latitude and 44 to 63 degrees longitude, with a total area of
>approximately 1,650,000 square kilometers. A 50% of total lands area is
>covered with high mountain ranges. Elevations range from 26 meters below
>sea level on the shores of the Caspian Sea to 5860 meters above sea level
>at the pick of the Mt. Damavand.
>Drought or water deficiency is one of the most critical climatic factors
>in Iran. About 50% of Iran can be classified as arid or semi-arid zones.
>Climate parameters, particularly precipitation varies significantly in
>different parts of the country. There is not a good annual rainfall
>distribution in most regions of Iran, which limits the plant development
>and growth. Not only high temperature in southern, central and lowlands of
>Iran is a limiting factor, but also low temperature in northern, western
>and highlands is another limiting factor too.
>In the North of Iran in southern part of Caspian Sea, on northern slop of
>Albourz mountain range, Hyrcanian forest is a narrow line of temperate
>forest with rainfall up to 2000 mm per year. These forests are natural and
>productive. The elevation range of the Hyrcanian district is from below
>sea level up to 2700 m; this promotes to recognize different formations
>from 'resistant to cold' up to 'sensitive to cold' in these forests.
>The Caspian region receives the larger part of the country's precipitation
>while the central desert (Dasht-e-Lut) is faced with permanent drought.
>Forest ecological zones in Iran could be categorized as follow:
>a) North, Caspian forest, b) West, Zagros forest, c) North West, Arasbaran
>forest, d) South, Subtropical forest in Persian Gulf areas, and e)
>Central, Scattering forests.
>Some of the main species of Caspian forest could be listed as Fagus
>orientalis, Carpinus betulus, Acer velutinum, Quercus castanifolia,
>Fraxinus excelsior.
>Would you please let us have your response as early as your conveniences.
>Thank you very much in advance for attention.
>Mostafa Jafari (Ph.D)
>( [3]
>Tel. office: (009821 - 44195901 - 6)
>Tel. direct: (009821 - 44190390)
>Fax: (009821 - 44196575)
>Mobile: (0098 921 209 8442)
Professor Keith Briffa,
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich, NR4 7TJ, U.K.
Phone: +44-1603-593909
Fax: +44-1603-507784

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