Indigenous Australians’ knowledge of weather and climate

  title={Indigenous Australians’ knowledge of weather and climate},
  author={Donna Green and John M. Billy and Alo Tapim},
  journal={Climatic Change},
Although the last 200 years of colonisation has brought radical changes in economic and governance structures for thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders living in remote areas of northern Australia, many of these Indigenous people still rely upon, and live closely connected to, their natural environment. Over millennia, living ‘on country’, many of these communities have developed a sophisticated appreciation of their local ecosystems and the climatic patterns associated with the… 

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