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Soil erosion and river system response to climate change and early human activity in Australia

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Climate change and human activity are affecting vital soil resources and river systems worldwide. For the first time, we are able to quantify past changes in erosion and link them to past variations in climate and human activity. Using novel isotope geochemistry techniques, we will study sedimentary records in Australia in order to (i) quantify how erosion has responded to climate change over the past 100,000 yrs; and (ii) investigate the impact of early human colonisation on the Australian landscape. This will provide a better understanding of how soil and water resources adapt to climate variability and unprecedented insights on the impact of early humans on the Australian environment.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1093708

Local Award Id


  • 10941

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Climate change and human activity are affecting vital soil resources and river systems worldwide. For the first time, we are able to quantify past changes in erosion and link them to past variations in climate and human activity. Using novel isotope geochemistry techniques, we will study sedimentary records in Australia in order to (i) quantify how erosion has responded to climate change over the past 100,000 yrs; and (ii) investigate the impact of early human colonisation on the Australian landscape. This will provide a better understanding of how soil and water resources adapt to climate variability and unprecedented insights on the impact of early humans on the Australian environment.

Date/time Interval


  • 2010

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP1093708

Local Award Id


  • 10941