Unearthing Australia’s climate history

This landmark project, spanning the sciences and the humanities, drew together a team of leading climate scientists, water managers and historians to better understand south-eastern Australian climate history over past centuries. It was the first study of its kind in Australia.

About the project

The project was led by researchers from the University of Melbourne’s School of Earth Sciences. The aim was to investigate south-eastern Australia’s climate history using the following sources:

These records allowed scientists to reconstruct past climate conditions (rainfall, temperature and atmospheric pressure) and see how climate variability has influenced Australian society over time.

Although this project has now concluded, ongoing research into Australia’s climate history continues.

Image courtesy of The National Library of Australia.