Sea-level change over the past 20,000 years


Members of TropWATER’s Catchment Reef Research Group (CRRG) have interest in sea-level changes around the Australian margin over the past 20,000 years, particularly for the Great Barrier Reef.  Sea-level variability is a fundamental influence on coral reef initiation and development as well as influenced the movements of indigenous populations around Australia.  The team has played a key role in refining the sea-level curve for Queensland.

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Further reading

Williams, A.N. Ulm, S. Sapienza, T. Lewis, S. Turney, C.S.M. 2018. Sea-level change and demography during the last glacial termination and early Holocene across the Australian continent. Quaternary Science Reviews 182, 144-154.

Lewis, S.E. Wüst, R.A.J. Webster, J.M. Collins, J. Wright, S.A. Jacobsen, G. 2015. Rapid relative sea-level fall along north-eastern Australia between 1200 and 800 cal. Years BP: An appraisal of the oyster evidence. Marine Geology 370, 20-30.

Lewis, S.E. Sloss, C.R. Murray-Wallace C.V. Woodroffe, C.D. Smithers, S.G. 2013. Post-glacial sea-level changes around the Australian margin: a review. Quaternary Science Reviews 74, 115-138.

Lewis, S.E. Wüst, R.A.J. Webster, J.M. Shields, G.A. 2008. Mid-late Holocene sea-level variability in eastern Australia. Terra Nova 20: 74-81.


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