CSIRO and BOM Issue Joint Statement on Australia's Climate

On the 15th of March 2010 the heads of the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology released an unprecedented joint ‘snapshot’ of Australia’s climate as a statement of their confidence in the evidence underpinning climate change. The snapshot outlines key indicators of climate change for Australia including sea level rise, changing rainfall patterns and temperature.

The snapshot is sourced from peer reviewed data on temperature, rainfall, sea level, ocean acidification, and carbon dioxide and methane levels in the atmosphere.
The report warns of higher recorded rainfalls and rapidly rising sea levels.

Some of the observed changes include:

  • Highly variable rainfall across the country, with substantial increases in rainfall in northern and central parts of Australia, as well as significant decreases across much of southern and eastern Australia.
  • Rapidly rising sea levels from 1993 to 2009 with levels around Australia rising between 1.5 and 3mm per year in Australia’s south and east and between 7 and 10mm in the country’s north

The snapshot report is available from the CSIRO website here