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  • CSIRO and Australian Bureau of Meteorology, 2007: Climate change in Australia. Techical Report, 140 pp.

The purpose of this report is to provide an up-to-date assessment of observed climate change over Australia, the likely causes, and projections of future changes to Australia’s climate. It also provides information on how to apply the projections in impact studies and in risk assessments. The two main strategies for managing climate risk are mitigation (net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions) to slow climate change and adaptation to climate impacts that are unavoidable.

A number of major advances have been made since the last report on climate change projections in Australia (CSIRO 2001) including:

• a much larger number of climate and ocean variables are projected (21 and 6 respectively)

• a much larger number (23) of climate models are used

• the provision of probabilistic information on some of the projections, including the probability of exceeding the 10th, 50th and 90th percentiles

• greater emphasis on projections from models that are better able to simulate observed Australian climate

• a detailed assessment of observed changes in Australian climate and likely causes; and

• information on risk assessment, to provide guidance for using climate projections in impact studies.

Last Updated: 2007-12-16

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