SEACI: understanding climate change and variability in south-eastern Australia
The South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative's research aimed to improve our understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change and variability in south-eastern Australia, and improve projections of future climate.
29 June 2010 | Updated 7 December 2012
Understanding climate change and variability
Phase 2 of the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative (SEACI) was a three-year, A$9 million research program investigating the causes and impacts of climate change and climate variability across south-eastern Australia.
SEACI developed improved predictions of future climate over a range of timescales. It aimed to improve projections of rainfall and streamflow for hydrological and agricultural application.
Research throughout SEACI addressed key research questions of importance to the SEACI partners through three linked research themes.
The decline in rainfall was also associated with a more dramatic decline in streamflow, the cause of which needs to be determined.
Through these projects and their associated milestones, the program aimed to deliver a holistic and better integrated understanding of climate change and climate variability across south-eastern Australia.
Partners in research
Phase 1 of SEACI, which concluded in 2009, and Phase 2 of SEACI (concluded in 2012) were partnerships between several agencies, including:
- Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
- Murray-Darling Basin Authority
- Bureau of Meteorology
- Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Synthesis of findings: Phase 1 of SEACI
The first phase of SEACI ran from 2006–09. The second phase of SEACI ran from 2009-2012. Synthesis reports [external link] of the findings from both phases are available on the SEACI website.
Find out more about the SEACI [external link].