We value clean air and a climate that supports our unique plants and animals, our farming systems, our lifestyles and wellbeing.
A changing climate will challenge our region's water resources, farming systems, biodiversity, infrastructure and communities’ well-being. The following is a summary of climate projections for the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM region:
- temperatures are projected to rise; by up to 1.3°C by 2030, and by up to 2.4°C or 4.5°C by 2090 (under RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 - low and high emissions scenarios respectively)
- heatwave frequency will increase – consecutive days over 40°C
- frost and freezing conditions will decline
- rainfall likely to decline and become more variable across the region
- River Murray flows to decline; potential reduction of 15 - 50% of average annual flow within 50 years
- fire risk will increase (for both frequency and intensity)
- sea levels will rise
- ocean warming and acidification.
Helping our environment and communities adapt to this change is a focus of this plan, which includes actions aimed at building landscape resilience.
For more information regarding climate change adaption following are some suggested links:
- to learn more about actions to assist climate adaptation in each of the SA Murray-Darling Basin subregions click here
- actions in the SAMDB region and to download a copy of the SA Murray-Darling Basin Regional Climate Adaptation Plan click here
- for regional 'SA Climate Ready' regional summaries visit Enviro Data SA
- for the 'South Australian Climate Change Strategy' 2015-2050 click here