Research into ancient Fraser Island coast

Researchers carry out sand-core sampling on Fraser Island to learn more about the weather.
Researchers carry out sand-core sampling on Fraser Island to learn more about the weather. Contributed

UNIVERSITY of the Sunshine Coast researchers are hoping to unlock weather trends by studying evidence of past weather events in Fraser Island's ancient coastal landforms.

Lecturer in Science and Engineering Dr Adrian McCallum and Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering Dr Helen Fairweather are collaborating with coastal geologist and geophysicist Dr Allen Gontz from the University of Massachusetts Boston on the project.

They are using ground-penetrating radar to gain images of ancient coastal landforms along the south-eastern coastline of the heritage-listed sand island.

Dr McCallum said by looking at the depth and structure of buried ancient landforms, the researchers hoped to learn more about the weather.

"Gathering evidence of these trends will allow us to gauge the severity of weather in the past and help us in predicting future climate or weather changes," he said.

Topics:  fraser island research university of the sunshine coast

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