Ngurrara Rangers lead the way on climate change with new weather station
KLC Ngurrara rangers have begun to monitor the impacts of climate change on country with a new weather station initiative in the Great Sandy Desert.
KLC Rangers have long been working on a range of projects that combine Indigenous knowledge of country and seasonal change with western science and this latest project funded by Shell as part of their social investment portfolio allows that work to continue.
The new weather station paves the way for scientists to work in conjunction with rangers to record baseline climate data and monitor shifts in weather patterns due to climate change.
This will be combined with a monitoring program that looks at plant and animal responses to climate change fluctuations, which will assist in the creation of climate change adaptation plans in the Great Sandy Desert.
Last year, KLC and Miriwoong Traditional Owners, in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology, produced a seasonal calendar in language and a website that matched weather formations with indigenous knowledge of the land and seasonal indicators. The weather station and the monitoring program is the continuation of this initiative.
Ngurrara Ranger Coordinator Peter Murray said that the project allowed rangers to monitor and adapt to the impacts of climate change, using the weather station to assist in the collection of data and analysis.
“Ngurrara Rangers will now work with researchers from University of Melbourne to analyse scientific weather data and traditional observations to develop an interactive climate database.
“We are already seeing the impacts of climate change through observed seasonal changes, so it is great to be able to record and monitor these changes as they happen using weather station technology,” said Mr Murray.
KLC CEO Nolan Hunter said the Ngurrara weather station was a great example of Traditional Owner expertise being used in partnership with western science.
“Our ranger groups are noticing changes on country that can provide valuable insight into the impacts of climate change.
“The weather station allows Ngurrara rangers to mitigate and manage the impacts of climate change on country, protecting the Kimberley‘s natural assets and unique plant and animal life,” said Mr Hunter.
- The weather station is located near Kulku on Ngurrara Native Title lands in the Great Sandy Desert.
Media Release – April 16, 2012
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