Climate change science resources

Understanding climate change in Queensland means:

  • investing in the science
  • looking at how our climate has already changed and is projected to continue changing
  • measuring how we are contributing to global greenhouse gas emissions and how this can be minimised
  • developing tools that help communities and businesses make good decisions on how to reduce their impact and improve their resilience.

We support the development of best-practice climate science and education to support climate risk management within Queensland’s communities. Here are some useful resources to understand trends, risks and projected impacts of climate change.

Queensland Future Climate Dashboard

The Queensland Future Climate Dashboard provides easy access to climate projection, heatwave and rainfall information for Queensland. The dashboard allows users to explore, visualise and download the latest high-resolution climate modelling data for specific regions, catchments, disaster areas, local government areas and grid squares.   

The Queensland Future Climate: Understanding the data webpage explains how climate projections work, as well as guidance on how to interpret and apply the information to meet your needs.

State Heatwave Risk Assessment 2019

The Queensland Government’s State Heatwave Risk Assessment 2019 features long-term climate change projections as part of its analysis of future climate risks in Queensland. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services partnered with the Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Health to produce the assessment. The assessment reveals that most regions of Queensland are likely to experience more days over 35 degrees Celsius with heatwaves that are more intense and last longer.

Climate change in Queensland map application

The Climate Change in Queensland map application illustrates the projected impacts of climate change for the years 2030, 2050, 2070.

Using the map application, you can view the average changes in temperature, rainfall and evaporation projected for your region.

The application features pop-up charts, graphs and data tables showing climate change projections for both lower and high greenhouse gas emissions.

Regional climate change impact summaries

The Regional climate change impact summaries aim to help Queenslanders understand and adapt to our changing climate by providing a snapshot of the climate risks, impacts and responses in each region.

They show climate change projections for the years 2030 and 2070 at a state-wide scale for Queensland and for 13 Queensland regions.