Find out about local climate change predictions and important links.
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The following climate change predictions have been made for East Gippsland:
- By 2030, average annual temperatures will be between 1 to 1.4°C warmer, and by 2090 between 1.9 to 4.8°C warmer (than the 1995 average of 19.8°C). The greatest increases are expected in spring and summer and the number of hot days (days over 30°C) is also expected to increase.
- Bushfire risk will increase, with the number of extreme fire days increasing between 4-25% by 2020, and between 15-70% by 2050.
- Shorter, drier winters will significantly impact Victoria’s unique alpine region and the plant and animal species that live there, many of which are already endangered. Species which have adapted to the highest elevations and coldest environments will have nowhere to retreat to as the climate warms.
- Global sea levels are projected to rise 0.18 to 0.59 m by 2095, with a possible additional contribution from ice sheet melts of 0.1 to 0.2 m. (Since 1990, sea levels have risen faster than expected and closely follow the upper limits of projections).
- The coastline can expect greater inundation and erosion from sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of storm events. The marine environment will also be impacted by increased sea temperatures, changing sea currents and acidification of the ocean.
- Snow cover will reduce.
- The invasion of weeds and other pests will increase.
- Decreases in rainfall and higher evaporation rates will mean less soil moisture and less water for rivers.
- Our demand for water may also increase as a result of warmer temperatures and as our population grows. Therefore, our need to use water more efficiently will be even greater.
- Average annual run-off into the Mitchell River is expected to decrease by up to 25 per cent by 2030, while run-off into the Tambo and Snowy Rivers are expected to decrease by as much as 35 per cent. By 2070, decreases in run-off to all three rivers is expected to be more than 50 per cent.
Climate Change Links
Climate Change Australia
Department of Environment / Climate Change
Victorian Climate Change
East Gippsland Shire and ICLEI Oceania
East Gippsland Shire Council has partnered with ICLEI Oceania, and participated in the Adaptive and Resilient Communities (ARC) Program: Establishment Phase. This has assisted East Gippsland Shire council to develop an action plan that addresses key climate change impacts, for adaptation planning.