The effects of climate change is already being felt across our
landscape. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth
Assessment Report clearly shows that warming of the climate system is
unequivocal, and that human influence on the climate system is clear.
Adapting to climate change
South Australia is responding to the challenges of climate change.
The State Government released its Climate Change Adaptation Framework, Prospering in a Changing Climate
in 2012, and is working collaboratively with regional communities to
deliver climate change adaptation plans in each of the 12 state
government regions by the end of 2016. The SA Climate Ready project
will assist regions undertake adaptation planning by providing
regionally specific climate data.
SA Climate Ready
The Goyder Institute for Water Research is a
partnership between the South Australian Government through the
Department for Environment and Water, CSIRO, Flinders
University, University of Adelaide, and the University of South
In 2011, the Goyder Institute commenced a project to
develop downscaled climate change projections for South Australia, that
is, possible future climates generated at a local scale. There are over
40 global climate models (GCM) used by the IPCC for generating climate
projections1. The Goyder Institute identified a subset of
these GCMs based on their ability to reproduce the State’s climate
drivers such as the Indian Ocean Dipole and the El Niño Southern
Oscillation. This sub-set of GCMs were then used to generate climate
projections at a local scale – providing the best available science to
ensure that SA is Climate Ready.
SA Climate Ready is the most
comprehensive set of downscaled climate projections data available in
South Australia. Data is available for six climate variables (rainfall,
temperature maximum, temperature minimum, areal potential
evapotranspiration, solar radiation and vapour pressure deficit), using
two emission scenarios (intermediate and high “representative
concentration pathways”) through to 2100.
SA Climate Ready
provides a common basis on which Government, business and the community
in South Australia can develop solutions to climate change adaptation
Regional trends or detailed data?
SA Climate Ready provides natural resource
management scale climate trend information and detailed data at the
scale of weather stations.
Regional scale trend information can be
accessed in the natural resources management (NRM) regional summary
brochures and a comprehensive regional report from the Goyder Institute
website. This information is useful for NRM organisations, Local
Government or Regional Development Authorities involved with region
scale adaptation planning.
Detailed data is available through the
mapping tool on this website. Detailed data sets will be important for
various applications, such as:
• climate change impact modelling studies, commonly in water resources, but also in agriculture and infrastructure planning;
• understanding the future climate that infrastructure may be exposed to at a given locality;
• generating site-specific heatwave and bushfire risk factors; and
• quantitative risk assessment for many sectors.
Users interested in downloading the data should familiarise themselves
with the User Guide available from this web page. This explains the
modelling approach used to generate the climate projections data,
potential applications of the data and issues to consider when applying
Examples of how the SA Climate Ready data has been used during the
project phase are available in a series of case studies available on the
Goyder Institute website.
Reponses to Frequently Asked Questions
are available on this website.
For support in using the data available for download, visit the Contact Us
1 A full list of GCMs is provided at http://cmip-pcmdi.llnl.gov/cmip5/availability.html