[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP170101033]
Researchers Dr Pauline Grierson; Dr Edward Cook; Dr Grzegorz Skrzypek
Brief description This project aims to understand long-term rainfall variability for Australia by developing a network of extended, high resolution rainfall records from tree rings. How anthropogenic changes to the atmosphere have influenced changing rainfall patterns across Australia is unclear. By extracting climatic information from tree growth rings across a latitudinal gradient from the subtropical north to the south coast of western Australia, the project will extend hydroclimatic records by several centuries, to identify the frequency and extent of extreme droughts across the continent. Outcomes are expected to provide appropriate context for evaluating and adapting to climate change, allowing climate modellers, agricultural producers and other industries to improve forecasts of likely change for risk management.
Funding Amount $485,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects