ARC Discovery Projects funding success 2016
Associate Professor Silvia Frisia, Dr John Hellstrom and Professor David Mattey have been awarded more than $440,000 in ARC Discovery Project funding commencing in 2016 for their research project Hydrological changes in Australia and the South Pacific.
This project plans to use stalagmites from the South–West Pacific to generate continuous rainfall records for the last 2000 years. Stalagmites contain uncorrupted data that are not available in other archives, and provide unparalleled accurate chronologies. The spatial and temporal variations of the data may highlight the interplay of climate drivers, such as El Niño Southern Oscillation, and how they change the distribution of rainfall in the Pacific. This knowledge would increase our scientific understanding and enable better predictions of the recurrence of droughts and wet events in Australia.
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