Climate Change, Communities and Environment:
Building research capability to identify climate change vulnerability and adaptation options for South Australian landscapes
A new and exciting research team lead by Prof Wayne Meyer will form and grow to position SA natural resource management research and regional implementation in the vanguard of adaptation to climate change. The multi-agency team will identify those conservation areas and land use practices that are most at risk from adverse effects of climate change and identify adaptation strategies and policy options to support planning and implementation by regional natural resource management agencies. The research intends to identify alternative regional land use, institutional, service and business arrangements that will assist the adaptation of regional communities to warmer temperatures, less reliable rainfall and more limited surface water resources.
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A consortium of the SA Universities and Government Agencies lead by Prof Wayne Meyer and Prof Andy Lowe submitted proposals to the $20m TERN program of NCRIS. SA managed projects will receive $7.75m over the next 2.5 years.
The University of Adelaide and Department of Environment and Heritage will manage 2 components of TERN, national data management development ($4m) and national arid zone vegetation condition monitoring ($3.5). The University of Adelaide will set up one of the national water and carbon flux measurement sites in the Lower Murray Chowilla Mallee to connect into the Australian (“Ozflux”) monitoring system.
The next step is signing contracts between the University of Queensland (the TERN national office and agent) and the University of Adelaide to deliver the project components.
AUSTRALIA’S FARMING FUTURE CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH PROGRAM
Identifying climate change vulnerability and adaptation options for farming systems within natural resource management on Eyre Peninsula SA
Eyre Peninsula in South Australia is a key climate change indicator region for Australia because of its comparatively recent agricultural development and a significant area of low rainfall farming that is vulnerable to a warming and drying trend. This project will engage with the regional community, gather and collate extensive base information and undertake a landscape futures analysis that identifies the likely distribution of viable farming systems in the face of future climate and technology scenarios. This will identify the regional distribution of vulnerable areas and practices and indicate the most effective adaptation options at individual farm business and regional NRM level.
The methodology developed and demonstrated can:
- Assemble the extensive and diverse information about the region including projections of possible climate change scenarios,
- Identify priorities and complementarities between agricultural systems and regional natural resource conservation objectives,
- Provide a structured and repeatable information collation and analysis capability, and
- Provide a quantifiable assessment of management options that account for the effects of climate variability, climate change and commodity shifts.