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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... more91-1903) on Australian biota extracted from newspaper articles and other historical literature. less
Ecology not elsewhere classified
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 The main information source consisted of newspaper articles and a small number of supplementary historical documents.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
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.
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Strategic CANBR Research
Climate change and ecology research
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)