Drought

Long-term historical records indicate that our climate is becoming progressively warmer and dryer. This trend is expected to continue due to increased levels of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, with dry seasons likely to become more frequent over southern Western Australia.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has developed a Climate Change Response Strategy to focus its work in climate change on those areas of highest importance. The strategy identifies a range of actions including mitigation, sequestration, adaptation and governance, and rates them according to when the actions should be completed and the priority of the action.

DAFWA provides data and information on current seasonal climate through its network of automatic weather stations and seasonal climate forecasts through the Statistical Climate Information system.

In dry years, DAFWA provides a set of actions and information to assist growers and agribusiness in the management of seasonal conditions and their consequences.

Articles

  • 18 January 2017

    DAFWA provides data and information on current season through its network of automatic weather stations and seasonal climate forecasts through the Statistical Climate Information system.

  • 9 November 2016

    The Stormwater Management, Harvesting and Reuse Efficiency Project (Stormwater reuse project) was focused on stormwater harvesting and reuse for social, economic and environmental benefits in Weste

  • Scattered germination due to insufficient soil moisture
    27 May 2014

    Early drought may affect germination and early growth. Water stressed seedlings are more severely affected by other constraints and may have induced nutrient deficiencies.

  • 24 May 2016

    What is drought? What are the effects of drought? And what role should Government play before, during and after drought events?

  • Later maturing variety is more affected
    5 February 2015

    Spring drought refers to plant water stress from insufficient rainfall or stored soil moisture from bud formation to maturity.

  • 18 January 2017

    Western Australia's (WA) climate has changed over the last century, particularly over the last 50 years. Average temperature has risen about 1°C.

  • 23 March 2017

    The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia provides up to date information about the coming season and its potential impacts on cropping and agriculture.

  • 7 April 2017

    The Drought Concessional Loans Scheme (DCLS) application period has been extended to 30 June 2017.