Has 20th Century warming changed southeastern Australia's fire regimes?

  • Baker, Patrick (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Mooney, Scott (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This research will combine tree-ring chronologies, palaeoenvironmental analyses and recorded historic fires to quantify the frequency of extreme fire seasons and fire events in high-elevation landscapes in southeastern Australia over the last ~500 years. This multi-proxy approach will be used to scrutinize the controls on fire in these landscapes and, in particular, to examine the role of climatic variability. The research will provide context for recent extreme fire seasons and consider whether eastern Australia is shifting into a new, more extreme fire regime. The outcomes will be applied to natural resource management, increase preparedness for future climate scenarios and inform debate about the role of people in these landscapes.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/01/1231/12/14

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD110,000.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Melbourne