Unlocking environmental archives project visits swamps and collects sediment cores in the Kimberley
Prof Hamish McGowan (University of Queensland), leader of the Unlocking Environmental Archives project reports from the field:
We are collecting sediment cores from paleo-environmental archives in the southeast, northeast and northwest Kimberley. So far, we’ve collected two good cores from very near WA/NT border in northwest Tanami and sediment cores on Birrindudu Station (2 cores > 2.3m) and 2 x 2.3 m cores on Bullo River Station.Throughout the downtime we were able to make progress with the paleoclimate numerical modelling (PhD project led by Andrew Lowry). Andrew compiled a database of paleoclimate records for the Australian region and these will be used to validate and fine-tune the numerical modelling. Locating appropriate sites, arranging access and permits, and preparing equipment also kept the team busy.