I’ve been trying for over a year to get a location for the Gaspé cedars. Jacoby, as a Hockey Team member, refuses to provide such mundane information. At one point, Ed Cook, another Hockey Team member, promised to provide the information, but failed to deliver. Now Jacoby has told Climatic Change that the cedar location is lost. As an explanation, Jacoby says that the site was sampled before GPS.
Here is Jacoby’s complete response:
From: Gordon Jacoby
Subject: Re: Gaspé data
To those concerned:
The "Gaspé" tree-ring data are in the International Tree-Ring Data Base and can be accessed there. The actual site name is St Anne River and the associated name is Edward Cook. The record extends up to 1983. There was an attempt to update this record but the original site was not located. The original sampling was prior to GPS locating. Therefore there is no newer data for this particular site. If we implied this is any published paper, we mispoke. In updating chronologies one must revisit the exact site and trees.
Best regards, Gordon Jacoby
If you look back at this post on Gaspé, you will see an updated Gaspé version, including samples taken up to 1991. When I asked for the actual measurement data for the newer series, Rosanne D’Arrigo, Jacoby’s associate, refused to provide it, saying that:
" the data you have [the archived cana036 data] are probably superior with regards to a NH signal."
I’ve had lots of experience with geological maps and geologists were able to make maps for mineral exploration long before the invention of GPS. Gaspé is not particularly remote. The site is probably pretty close to a road. I wonder how many other dendrochronological samples have failed to record reproducible location information.
We discussed the impact of the Gaspé site on the MBH98 reconstruction in our E&E paper. It’s too bad that this remarkable site is now "lost".