In Memoriam: Keith R. Briffa, 1952–2017

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Keith R. Briffa was one of the most influential palaeoclimatologists of the last 30 years. His primary research interests lay in Late-Holocene climate change with a geographical emphasis on northern Eurasia. His greatest impact was in the field of dendroclimatology, a field that he helped to shape. His contributions have been seminal to the development of sound methods for tree-ring analysis and in their proper application to allow the interpretation of climate variability from tree rings. This led to the development of many important records that allow us to understand natural climate variability on timescales from years to millennia and to set recent climatic trends in their historical context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1549-1553
Number of pages5
JournalThe Holocene
Issue number10
Early online date4 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • climate change
  • dendrochronology
  • Holocene
  • palaeoclimate
  • tree rings

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