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The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO play an important role in monitoring, analysing and communicating observed changes in Australia’s climate.

This fourth, biennial State of the Climate report draws on the latest monitoring, science and projection information to describe variability and changes in Australia’s climate, and how it is likely to change in the future. Observations and climate modelling paint a consistent picture of ongoing, long-term climate change interacting with underlying natural variability.

These changes affect many Australians, particularly changes associated with increases in the frequency or intensity of heat events, fire weather and drought. Australia will need to plan for and adapt to some level of climate change. This report is a synthesis of the science informing our understanding of climate in Australia, and includes new information about Australia’s climate of the past, present and future. The science underpinning this report will help inform a range of economic, environmental and social decision-making and local vulnerability assessments, by government, industry and communities.

Monitoring Organisation CSIRO

Name Tim Malthus

Phone (07) 3833 5583

Email Tim.Malthus@csiro.au

Position in organisation Research Group Leader - Coastal Sensing and Modelling Group

Activity Type climate change projects (e.g. adaptation planning and risk assessments)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location Don catchment, O'Connell catchment, Pioneer catchment, Plane catchment, Proserpine catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/01/2016

31/12/2016

Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Website URL http://https://www.csiro.au/en/Showcase/state-of-the-climate

Collaborators Australian Bureau of Meteorology

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