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High-resolution ITRAX XRF core scanning facility for global change research

Project Member(s): Skilbeck, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Infrastructure)

Start year: 2010

Summary: This facility will enable researchers to obtain high resolution geochemical profiles in the study of environmental change and climate variability. It will provide archive data on the variation of density and chemical element composition along sediment and soil cores, rock cores, wood samples, speleothems and corals. These archives contain important information such as human activity, climate variability, water quality changes, pollution histories, recent geomorphological change, land use change, introduction of invasive species and the occurrence of bushfires. A better understanding of the occurrence and timing of these major environmental issues is of national and regional importance.

Keywords: archaeological science, climate archives, climate change, climate variables, Coral Reefs, dendrochronology, Drought, elemental XRF analysis.

FOR Codes: Palaeoclimatology, Quaternary Environments, Archaeological Science