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Development of an agreed set of climate change projections for South Australia

Climate change is anticipated to bring about significant changes to the capacity of, and the demand on, South Australia’s water resources. As future changes to these water resources cannot be measured in the present, hydrological models are critical in the planning required to adapt the State’s water resource management strategies to future climate conditions.

In this project, Goyder Institute researchers are developing an agreed set of downscaled climate change projections for South Australia to support proactive responses to climate change in water resource planning and management at a State and regional scale.

This priority project will involve four major components:

  1. Understanding the key drivers of climate change in South Australia
  2. Selection of Global Climate Models that represent South Australia’s climate drivers
  3. Downscaling climate projections for all eight South Australian Natural Resource Management regions
  4. Development of an application test bed

Progress to-date has led to a preliminary set of downscaled climate projections for the Onkaparinga catchment as a test case. Once the methodology on the Onkaparinga case study has been validated, the work will be expanded to provide downscaled climate projections for all eight South Australian Natural Resource Management Board areas.

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