Australia's climate is highly variable, with lower mean rainfall and higher rainfall variability than most other nations. As a result, Australian agriculture is subject to more revenue volatility than almost any other country in the world.
While Australian farmers are well accustomed to climate variability, the emergence of climate change is presenting some new challenges. Climate models predict large changes in future rainfall including lower rainfall in southern Australia and more severe droughts and floods. Over the last 20 years large changes in Australian climate have been observed, including reductions in average winter rainfall in southern Australia and general increases in temperature.
ABARES climate research focuses on understanding and measuring the effect of climate variability and change on agricultural industries. A key output is ABARES Weekly climate, water and agricultural update, which summarizes recent climatic conditions, notable weather events and their impact on agriculture, water storage levels, irrigation allocations, and commodity prices.
ABARES research on climate
Farm performance and climate: climate adjusted productivity on cropping farms (publication pending)
Farm risk management in a changing climate
Options for insuring Australian Agriculture (client report)
Productivity pathways: climate adjusted production frontiers for Australian broadacre cropping farms
Climate change: impacts on Australian agriculture
Climate change: issues and challenges for Australian agriculture and forestry
For access to all ABARES past climate related research see our publications area.