Over the past century, average land surface temperatures have risen by almost 1 °C across the Australian continent. Models suggest this may have already had significant impacts on Australia’s ecosystems and biodiversity, but these impacts have not been systematically investigated.
CSIRO Land and Water and the Department of the Environment and Energy are undertaking an exciting project to collect stories and anecdotes that will help to build a national picture of the kinds of ecological changes that have been occurring across the country over the past 10-20 years, or more. They are looking for people with strong links to Australian environments (e.g. farmers, natural resource managers, ecologists, naturalists) to share their perceptions of recent ecological change in an area they know well, and how this might link with climate or other change.
To participate, you would need to be able to select a natural area (e.g. your local region or farm, a Nature Reserve, urban bushland) that you have been familiar with for at least the last 10 years. Note that they are interested both in areas where change has been observed and where change has not been observed.
The survey will take about 30-40 minutes – please click here to undertake the survey.
For further information please contact Suzanne.Prober@csiro.au.