​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

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 visit the ABARES publications library.

Last reviewed: 12 November 2019
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