National coverage: Effects of changing climate in south western Australia February 7, 2017 Local and global effects have combined to produce a marked change in the climate of south western Australia. This complex issue was discussed in depth on ABC Radio National’s Science Show this week, featuring views from a number of Murdoch University researchers, students and alumni. The report, compiled by Murdoch University’s Adjunct Professor of history and media Bill Bunbury OAM, painted a bleak future for the region. Environmental scientist Dr Joe Fontaine from Murdoch University said Western Australia offered many cautionary tales for the rest of the world. “The southwest of Western Australia is considered a Mediterranean climate region, which means we have nice wet winters and long, dry summers,” he said. “But it turns out that this type of place, along with the other parts of the planet that have this type of climate, are the places that are warming and drying. So this is almost like a canary in the coalmine sort of place for understanding what climate change impacts may be in the future.” Atmospheric scientist Dr Jatin Kala, also from Murdoch University, echoed Dr Fontaine’s sentiments. “What we've also been finding in the southwest is that fronts are moving further and further south, which means that less and less hit the coast and travel through the southwest,” Dr Kala said. “But on top of that, because we've cleared so much land we've reduced the ability of the land surface to generate conditions for air to condense out and form clouds.” Alumnus Josh Byrne, and students Sam Worsham and Tarryn Coward were also interviewed in the program alongside WA’s Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken, researchers and other perspectives from the region. The full show can be heard here and a transcript is available on the Science Show website. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics Tags: alumni peter klinken, bill bunbury, climate change, environmental science, jatin kala, joe fontaine, josh byrne, radio national, sam worsham, south-west, tarryn coward, the science show Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!