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Research Funding Provided by: Australian Government
Research Funding Provided by
Australian Government

Australian Research Council

Environmental Futures Network
Environmental Futures Network
The University of Adelaide
North Terrace Campus
Darling Building
South Australia 5005

Phone: +61 8 8303 3952
Facsimile: +61 8 8303 4364

Project: Recent Human Impact on Australian Ecosystem (OZPACS)

CI(s)/Institution: Peter Gell, University of Adelaide, Geographical & Environmental Studies (Funded 2005: first cycle funding AUD $23,500)
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The OZPACS project has the following aims:

  • To assemble the known fine-resolution palaeoecological data and to establish an accessible data base.
  • To apply the data-base to document ecosystem change over centuries to aid managers identify targets for restoration and assess heritage significance.
  • To assess the range of technologies available to reconstruct fire regimes and to generate a spatial data-base of fire regime change over the last 500 years.
  • To share experiences of techniques used in short term studies and to assemble an exotic pollen data-base to calibrate the arrival of types (e.g. Pinus).
  • To map the location of short-term studies and establish a priority system to assist future researchers to contribute a comprehensive assessment of recent human impact across a wide range of Australian ecosystems.




Workshop 1: Canberra 17-19 April 06 meeting. Participants (#ECRs):

Pia Atahan#, Tim Barrows, Cameron Barr#, Sophie Bickford#, Allan Chivas, Tim Denham, Dan Faith, Michael Fletcher#, Stephen Gale, Adriana Garcia, Simon Haberle, Gary Hancock, Quan Hua, Christine Kenyon#, Tara Lewis#, Angus MacGregor#, Scott Mooney, Ralph Ogden, Nick Porch#, Matiu Prebble#, Mike Reid, Kathryn Taffs, Ian Thomas, Chris White#,