Preparing Farmers in the Coal River Valley for Climate Change

A project supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under FarmReady

The Climate Change modelling exercise has been undertaken by the University of Southern Queensland under the direction of one of Australia's leading climate change researchers, Professor Roger Stone. USQ has worked closely with Climate Futures Tasmania using some of their data sets.

Activities have included: - Collection of key climate data observed for a number of sites in the Coal River Valley area. - Characterising historical climate and hydrological trends (stream flows) using observed data. - Use of CFT downscaled climate projections for Coal River Valley, generate improved understanding of future climate change impact on key climate variables.

Some general conclusions from the modelling were that temperature projections suggest an increase in maximum and minimum temperatures for the region over the scenario periods. Rainfall modelling suggests an increase in rainfall for January through to April and a likely decrease in rain from May through to November.

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