Reconstructing the historical frequency and intensity of Australian droughts: A multi-species dendrochronological approach

  • Baker, Patrick (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Cook, Edward (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Lough, Janice (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Drought is Australia's most devastating recurring natural disaster. Severe droughts impact the well-being of the Australian people and economy. Current understanding of drought in Australia is sorely limited by the short meteorological record (~100 yr). Long-lived trees that form annual growth rings provide a unique opportunity to extend the drought record back by several centuries. We will use tree-rings to reconstruct a spatially explicit, multi-century record of drought variability across eastern Australia. The results will provide the foundations of a drought early-warning system by providing a detailed understanding the extent, frequency, duration, and intensity of past droughts.
Effective start/end date2/01/0831/08/11


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$463,500.00