Understanding past climate variation and environmental change for the future of an iconic landscape – K'gari Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Gontz, A.M., Moss, P.T., Sloss, C.R., Petherick, L.M., McCallum, A., & Shapland, F. (2015) Understanding past climate variation and environmental change for the future of an iconic landscape – K'gari Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 22(2), pp. 105-123.

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The unique combination of landscapes and processes that are present and operate on Fraser Island (K'gari) create a dynamic setting that is capable of recording past environmental events, climate variations and former landscapes. Likewise, its geographic position makes Fraser Island sensitive to those events and processes. Based on optically stimulated luminescence dating, the records archived within the world's largest sand island span a period that has the potential to exceed 750 ka and contain specific records that are of extremely high resolution over the past 40,000 years. This is due to the geographic position of Fraser Island, which lies in the coastal subtropical region of Queensland Australia. Fraser Island is exposed to the open ocean currents of the Coral Sea on the east coast and the waters of Hervey Bay on its western margin and is positioned to receive moisture from the Indo-Australian monsoon, southeast trade winds and experiences occasional tropical and ex-tropical cyclones. We review literature that presents the current level of understanding of sea level change, ecological variation and environmental change on Fraser Island. The previous works illustrate the importance of Fraser Island and may link processes, environments and climates on Fraser Island with global records.

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ID Code: 86208
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sea level, Climate variation, Ecology, Coastal change, World heritage
DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2014.1002120
ISSN: 1448-6563
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2015 23:34
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 00:21

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