The Victorian Climate Initiative was launched in May 2013 by the Victorian Government, with research partners the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Research in the program finished in June 2016.

The three-year regional research initiative was designed to further develop our understanding and prediction of climate impacts on water availability to better inform Victorian water resource planning and management.  It focused on Victoria, and aimed to improve understanding of past climate variability and change, seasonal climate prediction, and future climate and the associated risks to water resources.

A synthesis of findings from the Victorian Climate Initiative highlights the key research outcomes and implications for the water sector in Victoria.

Links to additional Victorian Climate Initiative publications are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

Report announcement

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jolyon Taylor

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.

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