Journal article

Climate variability over the last 35,000 years recorded in marine and terrestrial archives in the Australian region: an OZ-INTIMATE compilation

Jessica M Reeves, Timothy T Barrows, Timothy J Cohen, Anthony S Kiem, Helen C Bostock, Kathryn E Fitzsimmons, John D Jansen, Justine Kemp, Claire Krause, Lynda Petherick, Steven J Phipps

Quaternary Science Reviews | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2013


The Australian region spans some 60° of latitude and 50° of longitude and displays considerable regional climate variability both today and during the Late Quaternary. A synthesis of marine and terrestrial climate records, combining findings from the Southern Ocean, temperate, tropical and arid zones, identifies a complex response of climate proxies to a background of changing boundary conditions over the last 35,000 years. Climate drivers include the seasonal timing of insolation, greenhouse gas content of the atmosphere, sea level rise and ocean and atmospheric circulation changes. Our compilation finds few climatic events that could be used to construct a climate event stratigraphy for th..

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Awarded by PALCOMM

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The OZ-INTIMATE working group, comprising >50 researchers, is part of Australasian INTIMATE project #0806 of PALCOMM and we acknowledge INQUA's support. We are grateful also for the support of AINSE in hosting and sponsoring 3 workshops which enabled the group to meet to develop both this and the four Australian regional compilations presented in this volume. This paper has been enhanced by the comments of Patrick De Deckker and two anonymous reviewers and we are grateful for their contribution. SJP was supported under the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project number DP1092945) and TTB was supported by DP1095053. JMR and TJC received funding (via PALCOMM and the CcASH project of ANSTO) and encouragement from NZ-INTIMATE to re-engage the Australian palaeo-community in this project.