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Mapping Antarctic climate change in space and time using mosses as biological proxies

Grant


Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Climate change is affecting East Antarctica more dramatically than first predicted and may already be causing changes to vegetation. Since mosses, the dominant plants of Antarctica, preserve a record of past climate along their shoots we aim to use them as proxies to study how climate and UV-B radiation are changing at remote polar sites that lack long instrument records. Outcomes will include improved climate data for Antarctica, enabling more robust analysis of regional climate change, and development of novel remote sensing techniques capable of non-destructively monitoring future Antarctic ecosystem change. The project will provide managers with tools required to satisfy Australiaâ¬"s obligations to protect its Antarctic biodiversity.

Date/time Interval


  • 2011 - 2014

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP110101714

Local Award Id


  • 11771

Scheme


  • Discovery Projects

Abstract


  • Climate change is affecting East Antarctica more dramatically than first predicted and may already be causing changes to vegetation. Since mosses, the dominant plants of Antarctica, preserve a record of past climate along their shoots we aim to use them as proxies to study how climate and UV-B radiation are changing at remote polar sites that lack long instrument records. Outcomes will include improved climate data for Antarctica, enabling more robust analysis of regional climate change, and development of novel remote sensing techniques capable of non-destructively monitoring future Antarctic ecosystem change. The project will provide managers with tools required to satisfy Australiaâ¬"s obligations to protect its Antarctic biodiversity.

Date/time Interval


  • 2011 - 2014

Sponsor Award Id


  • DP110101714

Local Award Id


  • 11771