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About this glossary

This online glossary is adapted from the Multilingual Glossary of Dendrochronology (1995). For information about its scope, general organisation, or abbreviations, please check the user guide.


As the compilers of the Multilingual Glossary of Dendrochronology, Fritz Hans Schweingruber and I are greatly indebted to Emilia Gutierrez, Paolo Cherubini, Mario Tomazello and Vera Benkova, respectively the Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian speaking co-ordinators, for their patience and goodwill in coping with linguistic and practical problems. We are grateful to the many scientists whose opinions and advice we sought when defining or reviewing the English, German and French versions.
For the online version of the Glossary, I am grateful to Jacqueline Annen (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL) for scanning the 125 figures of the printed version, and to Fritz Hans Schweingruber for providing 25 additional, original photographs.

March 2004, Michèle Kaennel Dobbertin

Multilingual Glossary of Dendrochronology

Terms and definitions in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian

  • The Multilingual Glossary of Dendrochronology is the result of the international effort of 53 scientists who participated in the definition and translation of 351 terms in 7 languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Russian.
  • The compilers have selected terms referring to concepts and methods of dendrochronology, related to wood anatomy, forest ecology and sylviculture, or used in fields resorting to dendrochronologically dated material. Figures and linguistic and technical notes provide further information.
  • A list of sources and a multilingual list of 125 tree species relevant to dendrochronology are given in annex.
  • Compiled by Michèle Kaennel and Fritz Hans Schweingruber
  • 1995. 467 pages.
    Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf / Paul Haupt Publishers, Berne (out of print)