Southern and Southwestern Flatlands NRM Collection

This collection contains materials produced by the Southern and Southwestern Flatlands Cluster of the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Research Grants Program. The Program aims to improve the capacity of regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisations in Australia to plan for climate change.

This program was developed as part of the Australian Government's Regional NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund.

The consortium was led by the University of Western Australia (Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management) in collaboration with partners the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management, and the South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.

About the Cluster: The Southern and southwestern Flatlands cluster covers approximately 754,000 km2 and includes two geographically distinct regions, the Southern and South Western Flatlands West (SSWFW) sub-cluster located in Western Australia, and the Southern and South Western Flatlands East (SSWFE) sub-cluster located in South Australia. Together these two sub-clusters incorporate nine NRM regions: South Coast, South West, Perth, Wheatbelt and Northern Agricultural in the SSWFW sub-cluster, and Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, and Northern and Yorke in the SSWFE sub-cluster.


Repository ItemClimate change impacts and adaptation in the Southern & Southwestern Flatlands cluster: review of existing knowledge
The purpose of this report is to synthesise the current knowledge and predictions concerning the effects and impacts of climate change of southwestern and southern Australia, particularly the expected impacts upon the biodiversity and agricultural practices in the regions. This information can then be utilised by the NRM groups to decide upon the required data and suitable methods by which they can prepare for a changing climate, such as determining either locations of potential refugia, suitable agricultural practices/crops, or optimising efficiency of pest control.
Repository ItemWhat is species distribution modelling?
Brief description of species distribution modelling process
Repository ItemCan we identify areas suitable for revegetation or corridor plantings?
Species distribution modelling can identify groups of species with similar responses to climate variables, contemporary communities are more likely to persist where number of groups is greatest – examples from northern and southern SW WA
Repository ItemCan we identify where Sandalwood plantings can be used to buffer remnant vegetation?
Species distribution modelling can identify areas of future climate suitability for a suite of species – an example using Sandalwood host species
Repository Item application/rls-services+xmlSouthern and South-Western Flatlands data layers / Data layers explained
A data collection that provides the layers that formed the basis of bioclimatic modelling used to predict the likely impacts of climate change on over 700 species of plants and animals, and 21 vegetation communities. Also includes an explanatory report which describes methodology and outputs of the species distribution modelling.
Repository Item text/texmacsDevelopment and application of a framework for assessing the vulnerability of aquatic species to multiple threats
Describes a simple, points-based framework for assessing aquatic species vulnerability to multiple threatening processes, and applies it it within the Southern and Southwestern Flatlands region. The framework can be readily adapted and replicated in other regions where multiple stressors, including climate change, are acting simultaneously to threaten the viability of aquatic fauna.
Repository ItemCan we identify areas suitable for the potential translocation of threatened species?
Species distribution modelling can identify areas of current and future climate suitability, or refugia from climate change – examples using Western Bristlebird & Tammar Wallaby
Repository Item text/texmacsSouthern and South-Western Flatlands Cluster Report - Climate Change in Australia Projections for Australia’s Natural Resource Management Regions: Cluster Reports
This report presents projections of future climate for the Southern and South-Western Slopes NRM Cluster based on our current understanding of the climate system, historical trends and model simulations of the climate response to changing greenhouse gas and aerosol emissions. The report aims to assist regional decision-makers in understanding the important messages deduced from climate change projection modelling. It presents a range of emissions scenarios across multiple variables and years.
Repository ItemSouthern and South-Western Flatlands - Climate Change in Australia - Projections for Australia's NRM Regions [brochure]
One of a set of brochures that summarises key climate change projections for each of the eight NRM clusters. The brochures are a useful tool for community engagement.
Repository Item Octet StreamIncorporating climate change into recovery planning for threatened vertebrate species in southwestern Australia
We used species distribution modelling to incorporate climate change into recovery planning for threatened vertebrates in southwestern Australia
Repository Item application/vnd.wolfram.mathematica.packageModelling suggests minimal impact of climate change expected on vegetation communities in southern Australian Mediterranean ecosystem
Application of species distribution modelling using vegetation community types in place of individual species.


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