The Victorian Climate Initiative was a three-year research program focused on better understanding the impact of climate on water availability. It looked at how past and future climate variability and change might impact water resources. The final synthesis report was released in August 2017 by the Victorian Government, with research partners, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This remains one of the main sources of information on the impact of climate on Victoria’s water resources. New research is being undertaken through the Victorian Water and Climate Research Initiative.
Download the report
- A snapshot of findings from the Victorian Climate Initiative (PDF, 105.0 KB) or Word version (DOCX, 253.0 KB)
A number of other publications from the Victorian Climate Initiative are also available. These include the reports:
- Climate Change Science and Victoria and
- Hydroclimate Projections for Victoria at 2040 and 2065 (and associated datasets).
Links to additional Victorian Climate Initiative publications are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
The report was officially released at an event on 2 August 2017.
Dr Grace Mitchell and Graham Hawke
Dr Grace Mitchell, DELWP, and Graham Hawke, Bureau of Meteorology, introduce the findings of the Victorian Climate Initiative. The Victorian Climate Initiative was a three-year regional research initiative by the Victorian Government and research partners the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. The report documenting the findings is now available.
Dr Harry Hendon
Dr Harry Hendon from Bureau of Meteorology talks about weather patterns affecting Victoria and the future of our water supply. The period from 1986 to 2016 was Victoria’s warmest 30 year period on record. It was also the driest 30 year period for cool season rainfall (April to October). The warm and dry conditions are in part due to increasing greenhouse gas concentrations.
Dr Francis Chiew
Dr Francis Chiew from the CSIRO talks about how the declines in rainfall are reflected and amplified in streamflows. Multiple lines of evidence are presented to show why drier conditions are expected for Victoria in the future, particularly during the cooler winter months. Implications for water managers are discussed.
Jolyon Taylor from Gippsland Water presents an example of how the knowledge coming from the Victorian Climate Initiative is already being applied in the Victorian water sector, particularly during the development of the recently published Urban Water Strategies.