[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP170104541]
Researchers Prof Robert Fitzpatrick; Prof Michael McLaughlin; Dr Freeman Cook; Dr Diederik Jacques
Brief description The project aims to study the effects of drought on pH and metal speciation in soils, and develop tools to assess current and future risks. Social and economic well-being depends on good soil and water quality. Climate change makes droughts more frequent and severe, which could cause soil acidification (pH<4) and metal release in many regions. The project will integrate experimental data on the effects of drought on soil geochemistry with hydro-geochemical models, and apply these to national-scale predictions. The intended outcomes are improved management and preparedness for droughts and new research directions for geochemistry.
Funding Amount $502,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects