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date: Fri Apr 11 10:34:16 2008
from: Keith Briffa <>
subject: RE: Nature Geoscience Review Request - manuscript
to: "Langenberg, Heike" <>

I do not know whether you sent official instructions for returning this review - I can not
find a "later" message from you. Attached is my review (and some brief comments by a
colleague) . Best wishes
At 18:46 14/03/2008, you wrote:

Dear Keith,
Thanks very much for agreeing to review this paper for us (after Easter
will be fine), and for the suggestions for complementary referees. With
my next email, I will send a link to our webbased data base.
Specifically, do you think the authors' interpretation of their
tree-ring data is robust, including the corrections for age and climate
variations? If so, do think the main finding regarding continental-scale
impacts of sulphur deposition on forest growth is new and important? Of
course, similar effects have been found for the regional scale, but the
authors argue that such a widespread has not been reported before.
I look forward to hearing what you think.
Best wishes,
Dr Heike Langenberg
Chief Editor
Nature Geoscience
-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Briffa [[2]]
Sent: 14 March 2008 15:26
To: Langenberg, Heike
Subject: Re: Nature Geoscience Review Request - manuscript
Hi Heike
yes I am happy to take a look at this one . As for other referees I
would suggest John Grace at Edinburgh (University) , or perhaps
Malcolm Hughes in Tucson (tree Ring Lab.) .
hope a response after Easter will suffice
At 14:10 14/03/2008, you wrote:
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>Dear Professor Briffa
>As you may have heard, we have recently launched Nature Geoscience,
>a monthly research journal (please see our website
><[3]>[4] for more
>A short manuscript has been submitted to Nature Geoscience, which we
>were hoping you would be interested in reviewing. The manuscript
>comes from Yuliya Savva and Frank Berninger and is entitled "Sulphur
>deposition causes a large-scale growth decline in boreal forests in
>Eurasia". Its first paragraph is pasted below.
>Would you be able to specifically assess the interpretation of the
>tree ring data, as well as the novelty and importance of this
>manuscript for us, within about two weeks of receiving the paper?
>If you are unable to help us with this, can you suggest any
>alternative referees who would have an appropriate expertise? I
>would also be grateful for any thoughts that you might have
>regarding other referees who would be appropriate to complement your
>expertise on this work.
>Thank you in advance for your help and I look forward to hearing
>from you soon.
>Best wishes,
>Heike Langenberg
>Dr Heike Langenberg
>Chief Editor
>Nature Geoscience
>Sulphur deposition causes a large-scale growth decline in boreal
>forests in Eurasia
>Yuliya Savva and Frank Berninger
>Even small changes in the productivity of boreal forest should have
>a large effect on the carbon balance, but are challenging to detect
>due to their long life span. Human activity has changed climate,
>atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, and the concentrations of
>several pollutants over the last decades. Yet the combined effects
>of these changes have not been quantified. Here we demonstrate that
>the radial growth of one of the main forest species, Scots pine in
>Northern Eurasia, has declined by 18% or 0.003 mm per year from the
>1950s to the 1980s. This decrease was closely related to sulphur
>depositions at the sites, while nitrogen depositions appeared to
>increase growth. Additionally, sulphur deposition caused Scots pine
>forests to be more sensitive to drought and cold springs. Although
>the negative effects on the growth of plants from the relatively
>polluted areas have been widely observed, the long-term effects of
>sulphur emissions and its spread to ecosystems distant
>from the point sources of pollution has never been previously
>reported at such a large scale. The study is of fundamental
>importance given that pollutant emissions into the atmosphere are
>still rising in many regions.
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