Dealing with climate change: palaeoclimate research in Australia

Katrin Meissner, Nerilie Abram, Leanne Armand, Zanna Chase, Patrick De Deckker, Michael Ellwood, Neville Exon, Michael Gagan, Ian Goodwin, Will Howard, Janice Lough, Malcolm McCulloch, Helen McGregor, Andrew Moy, Mick O'Leary, Steven Phipps, Greg Skilbeck, Jody Webster, Kevin Welsh, Jens Zinke

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Abstract

Palaeoclimate research relevant to marine systems in Australia includes the collection and analysis of: (a) shallow-water and deep-sea corals, which provide high-resolution archives, (b) deep-sea sediment and ice cores, which span longer time scales, and (c) palaeoclimate modelling, which gives us insights into mechanisms, dynamics and thresholds underlying past climate states. Palaeoclimate research in Australia is mature and well recognised internationally. To further advance Australian palaeoclimate research, we must address major challenges that include insufficient research vessel access, insufficient targeted research funding, as well as the lack of a well funded national centre to coordinate research efforts (e.g. academic institution or ARC Centre of Excellence for Palaeoclimate Research).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-24
Number of pages6
JournalQuaternary Australasia
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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