Hands-on learning about climate change

Thirlmere Lakes, in New South Wales, was the stunning setting for hands-on learning about collecting and analysing lake sediment cores, which can be used to provide a window back thousands of years to help reconstruct past climates and landscapes.

Led by researchers Tim Cohen and Matt Forbes the three-day course was part of our Irinjili program of research training and ethics. Students from across CABAH learnt techniques for collecting sediment cores from the recently revitalised freshwater lake. Back in the lab, they were shown how to examine and analyse the information in the sediment — and how it can be used to help build a picture of past climate change.


“It was a really terrific course, with lots of hands-on practical experience in various coring techniques, followed by sediment core analysis and sample testing back in the lab,” said University of Wollongong PhD candidate Kasih Norman.

“It was all brought together on the final day as we were led through an environmental reconstruction for the lake development through time, and worked to solve the mystery of the lake disappearance in recent years.”

Mojca Zega, PhD candidate from James Cook University, added: “Learning experiences like Thirlmere lake are a great opportunity to gain basic theoretical and practical skills about the subject and feel comfortable enough to start planning your own project.

“Great location, great people, and good fun!”

February 20, 2020

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