Climate change projections

Climate Projections from the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology

In January 2015, the CSIRO, in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, released new climate projections for Australian regions. These projections can be found on the Climate Change in Australia website.

The projections describe likely changes in key variables for Australian regions, including temperature and rainfall averages and extremes, heatwaves, fire weather, cyclones, average and extreme sea level rise and ocean acidification. Other variables include wind, soil moisture, runoff, evapotranspiration, humidity and solar radiation.

Climate projections are provided for South Australia’s eight natural resource management (NRM) regions. These eight regions fall into three ‘clusters’:

Climate Projections from the Goyder Institute for Water Research

In February 2015, The Goyder Institute for Water Research, as part of the SA Climate Ready Project, released the most comprehensive set of downscaled climate projections data ever available in South Australia. This data complements the national scale projections produced by the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Data is available for six climate variables: rainfall, temperature maximum, temperature minimum, areal potential evapotranspiration, solar radiation, and vapour pressure deficit.

The projections data is aligned to the South Australian NRM regions, so it is directly relevant to region scale climate change adaptation planning. These projections, including regional summary reports, can be found on the Enviro Data SA website.