Tree rings link Roman Empire's collapse to change in climate

by Anonymous on Jan. 15th, 2011

Did lousy climate cause the Fall of Rome?
Did lousy climate cause the Fall of Rome?Courtesy batigolix
A new study published in the online version of the journal Science claims tree ring analysis shows a link between climate shifts and the Fall of the Roman Empire.

"Wet and warm summers occurred during periods of Roman and medieval prosperity. Increased climate variability from 250-600 AD coincided with the demise of the western Roman empire and the turmoil of the migration period. ...Distinct drying in the 3rd Century paralleled a period of serious crisis in the western Roman empire marked by barbarian invasion, political turmoil and economic dislocation in several provinces of Gaul."

BBC story
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KelsiDayle says:

When I first read this post, I thought to myself, "Gosh. This sounds familiar -- climate change tied to dynastic decline." Racing through my mental files, I remembered this related Buzz post from last month. Two different researchers approaching similar research questions in different ways and reaching similar conclusions. Neat!

posted on Tue, 01/18/2011 - 1:55pm

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