Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160102587 [ 2016-01-11 - 2019-12-31 ]

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Researchers: A/Prof Marco Coolen (Chief Investigator) ,  A/Prof Janelle Stevenson (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof James Russell (Partner Investigator)

Brief description The pace and rhythm of climate: 600,000 years in a biological hotspot. This project aims to generate knowledge of long-term changes in vegetation and rainfall for the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool (IPWP). The IPWP exerts enormous influence on the Earth’s climate through its interactions with the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, the Austral–Asian monsoons and the Inter-tropical Convergence Zone. Yet despite its importance, the response of the IPWP to global climate change remains uncertain. Through palynology, ancient sedimentary DNA and compound specific stable isotope analyses, this project aims to produce a terrestrial vegetation, fire and biodiversity record for the last 600 000 years in Sulawesi. The unrivalled length and resolution of this record for the region would make it a benchmark reconstruction of palaeoclimate that may transform our understanding of the IPWP.

Funding Amount $412,570

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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