Indicator: A-37 Temperature trends - spatial trend in mean annual temperatures

Data

Trend in mean temperature (°C/10 years), 1910-2004

Trend in mean temperature (°C/10 years), 1910-2004

Source: Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Changes in mean temperatures, 1910-2005 (°C/10 yrs)

Changes in mean temperatures, 1910-2005 (°C/10 yrs)

Source: Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, 2005

Trend in maximum temperature (°C/10 years), 1910-2004

Trend in maximum temperature (°C/10 years), 1910-2004

Source: Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology

Trend in minimum temperature (°C/10 years), 1910-2004

Trend in minimum temperature (°C/10 years), 1910-2004

Source: Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, 2005

What the data mean

The maps show that annual mean temperatures across Australia have increased over the reporting period, 1910 to 2004. In particular, temperatures have increased on average more than 0.1 degrees per ten years in South Australia, south-east Queensland, parts of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland. The second map shows the changes including 2005. The minor change since 2004 has not been analysed.

Increases in both maximum and minimum temperatures also indicate a general warming.

Data Limitations

Nil known

Issues for which this is an indicator and why

Atmosphere — Climate variability and change - Weather 

Trends in temperatures and their spatial distribution are an indicator of climate variability and change, which in turn have an impact on our human, economic and environmental health.

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Inland Waters — Catchment scale influences - Influence of climate variability and change 

Trends in temperatures and their spatial distribution are an indicator of climate variability and change, which in turn have an impact on the condition of inland waters.

Other indicators for this issue:

Biodiversity — Pressures on biodiversity - Climate variability 

Trends in temperatures and their spatial distribution are an indicator of climate variability and change, which in turn have an impact on the condition of biodiversity.

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