Terrestrial Climate Archives

Project Leader: David Barrell

This project utilises terrestrial climate archives, such as lake cores and glacial geomorphology, to quantify natural climate variability for the past 150,000 years at centennial to millennial time scales, to examine rates of climate transitions and to identify the impact of global climate events on New Zealand.

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier, Westland National Park. Photo: Graham Leonard

Our research looks at:

  • Quantifying long-term rates, magnitudes, and frequencies of key climate events and climate-driven processes in the New Zealand terrestrial environment; and
  • Resolving the timing and biological impacts of major phases of warming and cooling in the New Zealand region over the past 150,000 years.

Click here to see a video of how scientists study the chronology of glacier retreats.

See Outputs and Outcomes for our latest publications.