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Climate variability

Dealing with the uncertainty of short-term climate variability and long-term climate change is already presenting significant challenges for landholders, townspeople, emergency services and the environment across NSW.

The changing climate is one of the biggest challenges confronting the sustainability of production and the natural resource base.

Local Land Services will work with landholders to address some key issues in climate change including:

  • working to improve understanding climate variability and climate change
  • lessen the effects of climate change
  • improve our capacity to adapt where necessary.

Industry collaborators and resources

NSW Department of Primary Industries
LLS work closely with DPI to provide up to date technical advice and support.

NSW Office of Water
The NSW Office of Water in DPI is responsible for the management of the State's surface water and groundwater resources.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
The Office of Environment and Heritage works to protect and conserve the NSW environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and our built heritage, and manages NSW national parks and reserves.

Natural Resources Commission
The Natural Resources Commission provides the NSW Government with independent advice on managing natural resources.

Department of the Environment (Commonwealth)
The Department of the Environment is responsible for all federal matters pertaining to the environment.

Climate change in the Murray region

NSW Climate Impact Profile reprtIn 2010 the NSW Office of the Environment & Heritage prepared  the NSW Climate Impact Profile, this report outlines the expected impacts of climate change in the Murray region. Impacts are likely to include

  • Increased daily maximum temperatures in all seasons
  • Rainfall will likely increase in summer and decline substantially in spring, autumn and winter
  • Fire regimes are likely to change, with increasing fire frequency likely towards 2050
  • Short-term droughts are likely to become more severe. Medium- to long-term ones are likely to be less severe
  • Wetlands are expected to suffer declines to productivity and nutrient cycling.

What Murray LLS will be doing

The Murray Catchment Action Plan identifies climate change as a significant challenge facing our region. The Plan identifies three priority areas for action

  1. Increase understanding of the impacts long-term climate change and climate variability
  2. Improve capacity to adapt to the impacts of long-term climate change and climate variability
  3. Increase uptake of mitigation practices to address long-term climate change and climate variability