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Historical reconstruction unveils the risk of mass mortality and ecosystem collapse during pancontinental megadrought

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Historical reconstruction unveils the risk of mass mortality and ecosystem collapse during pancontinental megadrought


There is growing concern that an increase in the frequency and severity of drought under climate change could drive major changes in Australian ecosystems. This collection provides data that supports recent research reported in Godfree et al. 2019 (PNAS, in press). The database contains information on the impact of the Federation Drought Period (18... more


Ecology not elsewhere classified


https://doi.org/10.25919/5d19e24c9969c


1891


1903


Bob Godfree
Robert.Godfree@csiro.au

Federation Drought drought impact biota climate


Godfree_et_al_2019_README.docx


The database was constructed by extracting information on the impacts of drought on Australian biota during the period 1891-1903. The main information source consisted of newspaper articles and a small number of supplementary historical documents. Full details are provided in the main text of Godfree et al. (2019) and the SI Appendix referenced therein.


Robert Godfree, Nunzio Knerr, Denise Godfree, John Busby, Bruce Robertson and Francisco Encinas-Viso all contributed to creation of the dataset. Newspaper articles were accessed using the National Library of Australia's Trove platform.


CSIRO Data Licence


CSIRO (Australia)


Godfree, Bob; Knerr, Nunzio; Godfree, Denise; Busby, John; Robertson, Bruce; Encinas-Viso, Francisco (2019): Historical reconstruction unveils the risk of mass mortality and ecosystem collapse during pancontinental megadrought. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection. https://doi.org/10.25919/5d19e24c9969c


All Rights (including copyright) CSIRO 2019.


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16°40′34.3236″ S


42°3′19.4544″ S


153°16′36.9876″ E


114°39′9.6876″ E


WGS84


About this Project

Strategic CANBR Research


Climate change and ecology research


Bob Godfree


Development of Drought Database based on Historical Analysis


Development of datasets on the ecological impacts of drought on Australian ecosystems based on historical datasets. The first database consists of 541 records from the Federation Drought Period (1891-1903)


CaseStudy


Bob Godfree


Nunzio Knerr


Denise Godfree


John Busby


Bruce Robertson


Francisco Encinas-Viso


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