IMPACTS

GUIDE TO THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

There are plenty of web sites that discuss the impacts of human atmospheric emissions (including CO2) on global conditions. This page gives projections of the impacts of climate change on the Central Coast (NSW, Australia).

Making projections (sometimes termed predictions) is not a precise exercise as the assessments are partially dependant on future human behavior. The information is therefore set out in terms of a pessimistic scenario and an optimistic scenario. This is intended to give a practical guide to the range of impacts expected.

Projections are also given for the near-term (2050) and the long term (2100). To illustrate the commitment of our atmosphere to continued warming (or other effects) projections are provided in some cases for further into the future. These are to illustrate the degree of expected changes we are already committing our grand-children and their grand-children to. In fact these may be able to be reduced by more concerted efforts by the next generation such as implementation of a global program to extract CO2 from the atmosphere and ocean.

The projections are dated as they will need to be regularly revised as more accurate scientific information becomes available (such as future IPCC and other synthesis reports).

Each of the following covers a separate aspect of the currently expected impacts:

General Climate/temperature   http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/general-climate-temperature/

Rainfall   http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/rainfall/

Sea Level Rise   http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/sea-level-rise/  

Ocean Acidity   http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/ocean-acidity/ 

Biodiversity: sea life, plants, animals   http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/biodiversity/  

Agriculture, [local food supply and food from outside the area, including sea food]   http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/agriculture/ 

Winds  http://cultureswervecc.wordpress.com/impacts/winds/ 

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