CliMAS is a tool that provides interactive maps and regional reports to examine the future of species distributions and biodiversity across Australia. It summarises mapped biodiversity of almost all Australian mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and freshwater fish and crayfish within suitable climate space projected by 18 different Global Climate Models (GCMs) and 2 potential emissions scenarios (RCPs) from 2015 to 2085. Detailed lists of climate space losses and gains for each species are given.

MAPS: The map section of CliMAS offers projected species distribution and biodiversity maps. Each map type is offered at nine time points, two emission scenarios, and either the 10th, 50th or 90th percentile across the set of models used to project the future climate. 

REPORTS: The report section of CliMAS offers a discussion of projected changes to climate and biodiversity for a specified region. Reports are generated using the same data represented by the CliMAS maps. Reports are customisable, to allow for a focus on a specific year or species taxon.

This tool was developed by a team at JCU's eResearch Centre and uses species occurrence data from the Atlas of Living Australia and climate data from ClimaScope and the Australian Water Availability Project.

The project that produced this tool was supported by the Department of the Environment through the Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund and through engagement with Rangelands, Territory NRM, Southern Gulf Catchments, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, and NQ Dry Tropics.

Link to CliMAS.



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Detailed Descriptions
050101 - Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, 050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
Geographic and Temporal Extents
Burdekin, Northern Territory, Cape York, Northern Gulf, Southern Gulf, Rangelands
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Attributions and Constraints
Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. The source code for this web tool is available under the Apache licence.
James Cook University
Dr Jeremy VanDerWal