Climate Impacts & Adaptation
Australia’s oceans are rapidly changing as the climate becomes warmer and more variable.
The effects of past and present human activities have committed the world to at least a further 0.5-1oC of average warming, with further changes across all ocean processes expected.
Over the next twenty years Australia’s marine ecosystems are expected to exhibit some of the largest climate-driven changes in the Southern Hemisphere. These changes will extend from the ecosystems to the local communities and seafood businesses.
Navigating a sustainable path forward requires close collaboration between science, industry, policy makers and communities. This begins with making sure information on the implications and impacts of climate change for Australian marine systems is readily accessible, fit for purpose and easily interpretable and usable. Such access will allow for all concerned to plan their operations, to avoid or mitigate negative impacts, and to make the most of new opportunities that arise.
Measuring Adaptation to a Rapidly Changing Environment – Community of Practice Project
Understanding the ability of organisms, communities and ecosystems to adapt to a rapidly changing environment will be essential to predicting […]
Fisheries Climate Adaptation Handbook
As ecosystems change it can be helpful to understand what change has already happened, what change is expected and how you might adapt. The CSIRO collaborated with researchers, fisheries managers and fishers from around Australia to create a handbook that sets out the steps for what kind of change is occurring in an ecosystem and how fisheries and management could be modified to cope.
Our work seeks to understand the drivers and impacts of marine heatwaves, to develop prediction systems for marine heatwaves, and to work with marine stakeholders to minimise the impact of these extreme events