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date: Fri, 23 May 2008 13:59:37 +0100
from: "Newton, Alicia" <>
subject: RE: Nature Geoscience Review Request - manuscript
to: "Phil Jones" <>

Hi Phil-

Thanks for agreeing to help us with this manuscript. I will send you a link to the
manuscript and instructions for referees in an e-mail to follow shortly.

I would be grateful if you could consider the following questions in your review. Do you
feel that this represents an advance in our understanding of the tropical response to
volcanic forcing? Tropical climate over the past 4 centuries more generally? Does the
record generated fully support the conclusions?

Thanks again for your help. I look forward to reading you comments!



From: Phil Jones []
Sent: 23 May 2008 13:50
To: Newton, Alicia
Subject: Re: Nature Geoscience Review Request - manuscript NGS-2008-05-00486

OK. Send the manuscript or details of how to access it.
At 13:26 23/05/2008, you wrote:

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Date: Fri, 23 May 2008 08:26:21 -0400
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Dear Professor Jones
As you may have heard, we have recently launched Nature Geoscience, a monthly research
journal (please see our website [1] for more information).
A short manuscript has been submitted to Nature Geoscience, which we were hoping you would
be interested in reviewing. The manuscript comes from Rosanne D'Arrigo, Rob Wilson, and
Alexander Tudhope and is entitled "Impact of volcanic forcing on tropical temperatures
during the last four centuries". Its first paragraph is pasted below.
Would you be able to assess the novelty and importance of this manuscript for us, within
about 14 days 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
Thank you in advance for your help and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Yours sincerely
Alicia Newton
Associate Editor
Nature Geoscience
Nature Publishing Group
The Macmillan Building
4 Crinan Street
London N1 9XW
+44 20 7833 4000
Impact of volcanic forcing on tropical temperatures during the last four centuries
Rosanne D'Arrigo, Rob Wilson, and Alexander Tudhope
Knowledge of volcanism's impact on tropical climate is limited prior to the instrumental
period, yet important for understanding climate variability. Here we combine 19 coral,
tree-ring and ice core proxies into an annual composite record that provides a
comprehensive view of volcanism's impact on tropical sea surface temperatures (SSTs) during
recent centuries. We find an association between tropical volcanism and cold reconstructed
tropical temperatures, although the cooling is spatially variable across the tropics. Only
minimal cooling is observed following extratropical eruptions. Severe conditions following
the (likely tropical) unknown1 and Tambora, Indonesia eruptions of the early 1800s suggest
that this was the coldest sustained period of the Little Ice Age in the tropics. By
contrast, the tropical impact of the 1600 Huaynaputina, Peru event2 appears much weaker
than at higher latitudes, but the number of tropical proxies at this time is low. Our
results have implications for how the tropical ocean-atmosphere system responds to natural
and anthropogenic radiative forcing.
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