The Climate Evolution Of High Latitude 140 To 90 Million Year Old Hydrocarbon Prospective Strata Of Southeast Australia

Grant number: LP0989203 | Funding period: 2009 - 2012

Completed

Abstract

Melbourne University and the Royal Botanic Gardens will collaborate with three companies to investigate climate variability in a 140 to 90 million year old greenhouse record in southeast Australia. Spore, pollen & algal studies integrated with wood & plant analyses and zircon dating will improve age estimates of hydrocarbon reservoirs in Gippsland where Lakes Oil and Nexus Energy are exploring in one of Australia's premier oil & gas producing regions. This work will lead to a better understanding of climate change in long-term greenhouse conditions. Knowledge of this in the past is critical to prediction of climate change into the future