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Study Reconstructs Millennium of Australian Climate.

A team of researchers under Climate History Network member Joëlle Gergis has published a new article in the Journal of Climate that uses data from tree rings, ice cores, coral and 24 other natural indicators to reconstruct a millennium of Australian climatic history. The study, the Australasian region’s contribution to the fifth IPCC assessment report, collects and synthesizes the work of more than 30 scholars, conducted over many decades. Although plentiful records of past climatic fluctuations are available for the Northern Hemisphere over the past two millennia, the limited availability of long proxy records for the Southern Hemisphere has undermined attempts at global reconstructions. More . . . 

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About D Degroot

I am an assistant professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. My research explores flexibility and resilience in the face of climate change across the early modern world. I am the co-administrator of the Climate History Network, and the administrator of HistoricalClimatology.com. For more about my work, visit DagomarDegroot.com.

2 comments on “Study Reconstructs Millennium of Australian Climate.

  1. Toby White
    June 12, 2012

    This paper has apparently been retracted due a statistical error (according to one of the authors, the data were not detrended for proxy selection as would have been required by the experiment design):
    http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/paper-claiming-hottest-60-year-span-in-1000-years-put-on-hold-after-being-published-online/

  2. swhite2105
    June 13, 2012

    For more coverage on the retraction, see also: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/australian-warming-hockey-sticks-and-open-review/
    It’s still unclear whether or how much the reported error influences the outcome of the study, and whether it will still be published in the journal with corrections.

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