Well duh! Lake Eyre is normally a dry salt pan but is currently under floodwaters flowing from Queensland and the Gulf country. “It’ll get drier” No spit, Sherlock! What tipped you off? Miserable place is only wet for a few years every 20-30 so there’s more than a reasonable chance of drying in the near-future, no?
SOUTH Australia’s Arabunna country, which includes Lake Eyre, will become drier and hotter because of climate change.
It will become drier and hotter in the decades to come, new research predicts.
John Tibby, from the University of Adelaide’s discipline of geography, environment and population, also says climate change might come to northern South Australia in a series of leaps, threatening the survival of many plants and animals.
“Temperatures could increase up to four degrees in Arabunna country in the next century,” Dr Tibby said.
“My report suggests that the climate may change in a series of jumps rather than in a gradual manner, hence the need to make plans to adapt to this risk.”
Full details of the report will be released in Adelaide today, but university researchers and indigenous communities have already come together to find culturally appropriate ways to adapt to the threat of climate change.
Arabunna Ularaka Association chairman Aaron Stuart said the Arabunna people lived across a vast area and expected climate change to impact their land in a variety of ways.
That could include damage to significant sites from increased bushfires and dust storms and changes to rainfall that could impact on the supply of bush foods and medicines.
“This process will help my people identify risks to our country and culture whilst helping western researchers learn from our experience of adapting to change over time,” Mr Stuart said.