Climate Futures bridges the gap between fundamental climate science and the local adaptation needs of Australian industries, government agencies and communities.
The science of climate change is unequivocal. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that the earth is warming and that increased concentrations of greenhouse gases caused by human activity are contributing to our changing climate. Change is a feature of the 21st century global climate. The need to understand the consequences and impacts of climate change on Australia and to enable planning for adaptation and mitigation of climate change at a regional level is widely recognised across industry and government.
Increased temperatures are only one aspect of climate change. Global warming also causes changes to rainfall, wind, evaporation, cloudiness and other climate variables. These changes will not only become apparent in changes to average climate conditions but also in the frequency and intensity of extreme events such as heatwaves, flooding rains or severe frosts. While climate change is a global phenomenon, its specific impacts at any location will be felt as a change to local weather conditions. This means we need regional studies to understand the effects of climate change on specific areas. Climate Futures is providing this localised climate information, producing fine‑scale climate change projections that will allow for the analysis of climate impacts at different locations, and of changes to seasonality and extreme events.