Soil

Climate change has the potential to have a severe, but variable, impact on soils, depending on the bioclimatic zone and the intrinsic vulnerability of the soil. Changes to land use and management as a result of climatic shifts will also potentially affect soils.

Research update

Office of Environment and Heritage is collaborating with other government agencies and research institutions to provide updated information on the potential impact of climate change on soil. The research, which uses the projections from NARCliM aims to support decision-makers in strategic and operational planning.

New research is available for climate change impacts on:

  1. soil erosion and rainfall erosivity
  2. soil properties: pH, organic carbon and sum of bases

Additional Information 

The NSW Government’s 2010 New South Wales Climate Impact Profile Technical Report: Potential impacts of climate change on soils (PDF 1.8 MB)