New! Local Climate Change Information for Your Area

February 20, 2017

Projected temperature increase Cairns

Ever wondered what effect climate change might have on your local area? Exciting new features of the Wet Tropics Plan can answer your questions.

The Wet Tropics Plan is an award winning community-based plan which prioritises natural resource management activities in the Wet Tropics, addressing social, economic and cultural issues, as well as environmental management.

How might climate change affect the crops you grow on your farm? How will higher temperatures affect our native plants and animals? Will threatened species like cassowaries still survive in the Wet Tropics with a changing climate? How do our communities and towns prepare for more extreme weather? Find answers to all these questions, and more, on the new Changing Weather pages on the Wet Tropics Plan.

To access the information, simply navigate to your local landscape page from the  My Backyard section and click on the Changing Weather menu button.

In very simple terms, we know that climate change will mean hotter temperatures and longer periods of hot weather – but how will that really affect us and, importantly, how do we best prepare for these changes? The new Changing Weather pages provide very locally-specific details about the likely effects of climate change on our communities and industries, as well as the native plants, animals and ecosystems found in our backyard.

Plan Coordinator, Bronwyn Robertson, said, “We’re always hearing about climate change, and sometimes it seems like such a global, complex issue that it’s hard to know how it might affect us or what we can do to prepare locally. The new climate pages aim to provide that local context, so we can start to see how it might affect us, and more importantly, start planning and developing strategies so we can continue to thrive as a community.”

The pages draw strongly on the latest scientific data available and use modelling to give projections for changes to temperature, rainfall and sea levels. Charts are included which quickly and easily show the likely changes. 

“The new local climate information will hopefully make it easier for communities to understand potential climate change impacts, right in their own backyard. Working together and having access to good information are two of the best ways to prepare and develop strategies to manage the changes our region will experience under changing climatic conditions,” said Bronwyn.

The aim of the Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country is to influence decision making at all levels – the inclusion of these locally-specific climate pages is another step in the process of keeping the community informed and helping our decision making processes.