Dr. Edward R. Cook

Ewing Lamont Research Professor, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Tree Ring Lab
61 Route 9W
PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964


I’m a climate scientist interested in drought, hydroclimate, and interactions between the land surface and the climate system.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
ARCHES - Abrupt Climate Change in a Warming World: Lessons from Holocene Paleo and Modern Instrumental Records and Model Simulations 7/1/08 6/30/13
CMG Research: Reconstructing Climate from Tree Ring Data 9/15/09 8/31/13
Collaborative Resaerch: P2C2--Multi-Site Paleo-Reconstruction of Missouri River Streamflows from Tree Ring Data 7/1/14 6/30/19
Collaborative Research: Climate and Glacier change in Bhutan: the last millennia, present and future 9/1/13 8/31/17
Collaborative Research: Climate and Glacier change in Bhutan: the last millennia, present and future 7/1/12 8/31/13
Collaborative Research: P2C2 Cool and Warm Season Moisture Reconstruction and Modeling over North America 9/1/13 8/31/17
Collaborative Research: P2C2-Inferring Spatio-Temporal Variations in the Risk of Extreme Precipitation in the Western United States from Tree Ring Chronologies 9/1/17 8/31/20
P2C2: Collaborative Research: Past Ocean-Atmosphere Variability from Spatiotemporal Patterns of North Atlantic Climate During the Common Era 7/1/15 6/30/19
Mechanisms of Mediterranean Region Hydroclimate Variability and Change 9/1/17 8/31/21
P2C2: Decomposition and Reconstruction of Drought Variability Across the Continental United States and Northern Mexico 8/1/17 7/31/20
Paleoclimate shocks: environmental variability, human vulnerability, and societal adaptation during the last millennium in the Greater Mekong Basin 7/30/09 9/30/14
Reconstruction and Dynamics of Interhemispheric Hydroclimate Variability Between the Americas 6/15/16 5/31/19
Towards near-global reconstruction and understanding of hydroclimate variability and change over the past several centuries 8/1/10 7/31/14
Collaborative Research: P2C2 - Multi-Century Perspectives on Current and Future Flow in the Lower Missouri River Basin 7/1/20 6/30/23
Collaborative Research: P2C2 - Insights Into Tropical Pacific Climate From Paleoproxy Data Assimilation Into an Intermediate Complexity Dynamical Model 6/1/20 5/31/23
Collaborative Research: OpenDendro - Advanced Open-source Tools for Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction 6/1/21 5/31/23
Collaborative Research: NSFGEO-NERC: P2C2 -- Understanding Trans-Hemispheric Modes of Climate Variability: A Novel Tree-Ring Data Transect Spanning the Himalaya to Southern Ocean 7/15/21 6/30/24
Collaborative Research: P2C2 - Medieval to Modern Climate Variability and Climate Change in the Great Plains 7/1/22 6/30/25


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Dendrochronological dating and provenance determination of a 19th century whaler in Patagonia (Puerto Madryn, Argentina) 2022
Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene 2022
Changing hydroclimate dynamics and the 19th to 20th century wetting trend in the English Channel region of northwest Europe 2021
Dendroarchaeological analysis of the Terminal Warehouse in New York City reveals a history of long-distance timber transport during the Gilded Age 2021
Placing the east-west North American aridity gradient in a multi-century context 2021
A quantitative hydroclimatic context for the European Great Famine of 1315-17 2020
Seven centuries of reconstructed Brahmaputra River discharge demonstrate underestimated high discharge and flood hazard frequency 2020
Six hundred years of South American tree rings reveal an increase in severe hydroclimatic events since mid-20th century 2020
A double bootstrap approach to Superposed Epoch Analysis to evaluate response uncertainty 2019
Oceanic and radiative forcing of medieval megadroughts in the American southwest 2019
A reconstruction of global hydroclimate and dynamical variables over the Common Era 2018
Climate and the Global Famine of 1876-78 2018
Potential for tree rings to reveal spatial patterns of past drought variability across western Australia 2018
Six Centuries of Upper Indus Basin Streamflow Variability and Its Climatic Drivers 2018
Strip‐Bark Morphology and Radial Growth Trends in Ancient Pinus sibirica Trees From Central Mongolia 2018
Synchronous multi-decadal climate variability of the whole Pacific areas revealed in tree rings since 1567 2018
Comparing proxy and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era 2017
European and Mediterranean hydroclimate responses to tropical volcanic forcing over the last millennium 2017
Precipitation, Temperature, and Teleconnection Signals across the Combined North American, Monsoon Asia, and Old World Drought Atlases 2017
Internal ocean-atmosphere variability drives megadroughts in Western North America 2016
North American megadroughts in the Common Era: reconstructions and simulations 2016
A long-term context (931–2005 C.E.) for rapid warming over Central Asia 2015
Bridging Past and Future Climate across Paleoclimatic Reconstructions, Observations, and Models: A Hydroclimate Case Study 2015
Contribution of anthropogenic warming to California drought during 2012–2014 2015
Old World megadroughts and pluvials during the Common Era 2015
Tree Rings Show Recent High Summer-Autumn Precipitation in Northwest Australia Is Unprecedented within the Last Two Centuries 2015
Continuing upward trend in Mt Read Huon pine ring widths – Temperature or divergence? 2014
Millennium tree-ring reconstruction of drought variability in the eastern Qilian Mountains, northwest China 2014
Pan-Continental Droughts in North America over the Last Millennium 2014
A comparison of times series approaches for dendroecological reconstructions of past canopy disturbance events 2013
A Tree-Ring-Based Reconstruction of Delaware River Basin Streamflow Using Hierarchical Bayesian Regression 2013
Continental-Scale Temperature Variability during the Past Two Millennia 2013
Continental-Scale Temperature Variability during the Past Two Millennia: Supplementary Information 2013
Five centuries of Upper Indus River flow from tree rings 2013
Is an Epic Pluvial Masking the Water Insecurity of the Greater New York City Region? 2013
On the influence of tree size on the climate–growth relationship of New Zealand kauri (Agathis australis): insights from annual, monthly and daily growth patterns 2013
Paleoclimate histories improve access and sustainability in index insurance programs 2013
A Multicentury Reconstruction of May Precipitation for the Mid-Atlantic RegionUsing Juniperus virginiana Tree Rings 2012
Links between Indo-Pacific climate variability and drought in the Monsoon Asia Drought Atlas 2012
Regional climatic and North Atlantic Oscillation signatures in West Virginia red cedar over the past millennium 2012
Sensitivity and response of Bhutanese glaciers to atmospheric warming 2012
Temperature as a potent driver of regional forest drought stress and tree mortality 2012
Tree-ring reconstructed summer temperature anomalies for temperate East Asia since 800 C.E. 2012
Tree rings and volcanic cooling 2012
A multispecies tree ring reconstruction of Potomac River streamflow (950–2001) 2011
The anomalous winter of 1783-1784: Was the Laki eruption or an analog of the 2009-2010 winter to blame? 2011
Climate as a contributing factor in the demise of Angkor, Cambodia 2010
Forced and unforced variability of twentieth century North American droughts and pluvials 2010
Megadroughts in North America: placing IPCC projections of hydroclimatic change in a long-term palaeoclimate context 2010
Mexican drought: an observational modeling and tree ring study of variability and climate change 2009
Blueprints for Medieval hydroclimate 2007
Inferred summer precipitation for southern Ontario back to AD 610, as reconstructed from ring widths of Thuja occidentalis 2004
1738 years of Mongolian temperature variability inferred from a tree-ring width chronology of Siberian pine 2001
Hydrometeorological Reconstructions for Northeastern Mongolia Derived from Tree Rings: 1651–1995 2000
A Changing Temperature Response With Elevation For Lagarostrobos Franklinii In Tasmania, Australia 1997
Recent Increases in Tasmanian Huon Pine Ring Widths from a Subalpine Stand: Natural Climate Variability, CO2 Fertilisation, or Greenhouse Warming? 1996