The Coorong is vulnerable to climate change due to the potential impacts of reduced inflow, sea level rise and increased temperatures, which are known to be important drivers of the system.
Research is currently being undertaken to understand how the Coorong can be managed to maintain its ecological character in the face of climate change.
The research involves looking at climate change trajectories to identify which values are most at risk, and identifying the management actions and policy decisions that are needed, both now and in the future, to maintain these values. This involves scoping different expectations about how a ‘Healthy Coorong’ might be defined in the face of sustained climate and ecological change.
This work will result in the development of a Climate Adaptation Plan that will describe actions to underpin policy and management of the Coorong that is effective in the face of future change.