Adaptation strategies to manage risk in Australia’s plantations
Predicted changes to Australia’s climate over the next one to three decades will affect management strategies for Australia’s Eucalyptus globulus and Pinus radiata plantations.
This research project examined plantation productivity for 2030 and 2050 under a range of likely climate scenarios in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. The research looked at the effects of climatic variability on stand productivity; how wood properties might change; to the likelihood and impacts of increased drought, pests and fire. It also looked at whether current growing and management practices can adapt to cope or whether new production systems (e.g. new species, new products) may be required.
Five climate scenarios that spanned the worst, most likely and best case climate outcomes were incorporated into a support decision tool to assist industry mitigate potential hazards that might exist in 2030.