Thursday, June 28th, 2012 - The University of Adelaide
The first stage of University of Adelaide research released today shows that South Australia's Arabunna country, which includes Lake Eyre in the far north, is likely to get both drier and hotter in decades to come.

"Temperatures could increase up to four degrees Celsius in Arabunna country in the next century, threatening the survival of many plants and animals," says the author of the report, Dr John Tibby from the University of Adelaide's Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population.

"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," Dr Tibby says.

"If the climate does change as predicted it will have major impacts on Arabunna country, its people and culture, meaning they will have to adapt to these changes," says Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray, lead researcher with the University of Adelaide’s Arabunna Country Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change project.

"To work out how to adapt, a collaboration between traditional owners and university researchers has been established to identify culturally appropriate adaptation options, allowing both Indigenous and Western expertise to help inform the plan."

Mr Aaron Stuart, Chairman of the Arabunna Ularaka Association, says: "Arabunna people live in a vast area and we expect to find a wide range of climate change impacts, such as damage to culturally significant sites from an increase in bushfires and dust storms, and changes to rainfall could impact upon 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," he says.

The initiative is funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility and will help set standards for climate change adaptation plans that are relevant to Australia’s Indigenous communities.

The final report will be published in February 2013.


MEDIA ADVICE

All media are welcome to the formal launch of the research report, Climate Change Projections for Arabunna Population Centres:

· Time and date: 10.00am Thursday 28 June 2012
· Where: Camatta Lempens Lawyers offices, Level 1, 345 King William Street, Adelaide
· Interview and photo/filming opportunities: Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray, Dr John Tibby and Mr Aaron Stuart will be available for interview. The full Arabunna Ularaka Association has travelled to Adelaide and will take part in the formal launch of the report.


Media Contacts:

Dr John Tibby
Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population
The University of Adelaide

Mr Aaron Stuart
Chairman
Arabunna Ularaka Association

Dr Melissa Nursey-Bray
Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population
The University of Adelaide
Phone: 08 8313 3497

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Dr John Tibby Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population, The University of Adelaide

P: 0434 950 861
W: www.adelaide.edu.au

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