Climate change in Australia
Australia has faced many periods of drought and flooding over its history. The early years of the 21st century saw severe drought conditions over much of Australia. While Queensland is currently (Dec 2010/Jan 2011) experiencing devastating flooding.
During the drought conditions seen in the early 21st century, drastic water restrictions were in place and the 2006/2007 winter crop yields were the lowest for over 10 years.
What causes these epidsodes of drought and flooding? Are they related to human induced climate change or are they natural variations?
To address the critical issue of climate change, the Government in the north eastern state of Queensland has formed a collaboration with the Walker Institute.
Our scientists are working with the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence to improve climate forecasts - for anything from a month to many decades ahead - and to develop the ability to cope with the impacts on agriculture, water resources and business sectors like insurance.
Dr Nicholas Klingaman is funded by the Queensland government to study rainfall in Queensland.
See the press release >>