2010 NSW climate
impact reporting

NSW Climate Impact Profile 2010

The NSW Climate Impact Profile (PDF 4.71 MB) report is the first comprehensive assessment of the biophysical risks presented by climate change in New South Wales.

Released by the NSW Government in 2010 to help decision-makers develop their planning and response strategies, it contains profiles on each region: Hunter, Illawarra, North Coast, New England/North West, Riverina Murray, Western, South East and Sydney/Central Coast.

For each region and for the state overall, the report provides the following:

  • likely changes in climate (temperature, rainfall and evaporation) by 2050
  • the physical consequences of changes in climate (rise in sea level and changes in run-off, flooding behaviour and fire regimes)
  • the secondary physical effects of climate change, such as on land (soils and soil processes), settlements (storm and flood damage) and ecosystems (biological communities, individual species and ecological processes).

Further work is being done by the NSW Government. As climate data and modelling improve, more detailed research will help us to better understand the implications of these changes and how the state can best respond.

Two technical reports, on soils (PDF MB) and biodiversity (PDF MB) underpin the information presented in the NSW Climate Impact Profile, which also establishes a baseline against which to measure future shifts in environmental conditions.

Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Hazards Profiles

Profiles on the potential effects of climate change on natural hazards have been developed for each NSW region, as well as for the state overall:

This ‘Impacts of Climate Change on Natural Hazards Profiles’ report has been developed by OEH in collaboration with the Bureau of Meteorology, the NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Services, and the University of Wollongong under the auspices of the NSW State Emergency Management Committee.

The report’s forecasts for hazards were based on the climate projections developed for the NSW Climate Impact Profile and are intended to inform decision-makers on:

  • the current exposure of each region to eight natural hazards, namely fire , wind, lightning, hail, flash flooding, riverine flooding, heatwaves, and coastal erosion and inundation
  • the projections of future change to these natural hazards due to climate change.

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