Back to the Future: Climate Impacts during the Last Interglacial

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The Last Interglacial (130,000-116,000 years ago) is the most recent ‘super-interglacial’, providing an analogue for future change. With global temperatures warmer than present (1-2˚C) and sea level >6 m higher, the Earth system appears to have passed a ‘tipping point’, but with highly uncertain impacts on Australia. This project will use lake and coastal sedimentary and speleothem sequences to reconstruct Last Interglacial climate and environmental changes on sub-decadal to millennial timescales across Australia. The results will be used to inform on the timing, magnitude and impact of a warmer-than-present world on Australia’s water balance, helping adapt to future climate variability.

The successful candidate will be expected to hold a Bachelor of Science (Honours) distinction or higher-class degree in Earth science, physical geography or a related field. The candidate will have analytical skills (including statistical/mathematical skills) and experience with Quaternary science methods.

Supervisory team
Zoë
Thomas

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Chris
Turney

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Andrew
Baker

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
z.thomas@unsw.edu.au