Australian Savanna Landscapes: Past, Present and future

  • Beringer, Jason (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Hutley, Lindsay (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Yu, Qiang (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Haverd, Vanessa (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Higgins, Steven (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Ryu, Youngryel (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Schymanski, Stanislaus (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Wang, Yingping (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Williams, Mathew (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Project Description

    Australian savannas cover 25% of the continent and are significant for grazing, cultural heritage and wilderness value. They provide important ecosystem services but are highly sensitive to climate change and variability, especially precipitation. This program will assess how Australian savanna systems function (carbon and water cycles) in the present, how sensitive they have been to past climate variability and how they may respond to future change. We identify gaps in models used to project climate and improve them to ultimately dynamically generate current, past and future savanna vegetation patterns and responses. Our models will provide tools for land managers to account for the consequences of climate change on ecosystem viability.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date3/01/1331/12/15

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD507,500.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD20,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)