Adaptation research

The Adaptation Research Program under the Climate Change Research Program was established to help farmers develop strategies and practices to manage the effects of climate change in the short to medium term.

Research into alternative management and the development of adaptation management practices and techniques was undertaken through a nationally coordinated package of projects. The outcomes of the research will support land managers to:

  • adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change
  • capitalise on potential opportunities
  • promote the development of sustainable and resilient production systems.

Some key findings

  • Some effective adaptation actions such as increasing soil fertility or genetic improvement of livestock can be applied today with no regrets. Other adaptation actions may only become applicable in the future, depending on the degree of climate change.
  • Changing wheat varieties and planting windows could be effective adaptation strategies.
  • Low doses of betaine, a naturally occurring amino acid derivative found in plants and invertebrates, can reduce the impact of heat stress in sheep.
  • Localised climate projections across Australia are now available that support production systems models. These models show there are risks associated with the projected impacts of climate change and can be used to help farmers and other land managers make more informed decisions to better manage these risks.

A technical summary highlighting the key findings on adaptation research through the Climate Change Research Program is provided below:

Fact sheets, case studies and DVD’s providing an overview the Climate Change Research Program and a summary of the research outcomes are available.