Sediments from the Flinders River, Australia17.8S 140.5E
Predicted climate change for the Australian tropics includes higher temperatures, a more intense monsoon, general increase in rainfall intensities, possible marked increase in heavy rains, more floods and dry spells, increased potential evaporation and enhanced topographic effects on rainfall. To predict river response to climate change and agricultural development, scientists have studied the condition of existing rivers in the Australian tropics, such as the Flinders River, visible here spilling sediments into the southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The Flinders River is the longest river in Queensland, Australia at about 1004 km, and the sixth longest river in all of the country. The river rises in the Burra Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, and flows into the Gulf of Carpentaria 25 km west of Karumba, Queensland. The catchment covers 109,000 km², in which anabranching rivers predominate, with confined and constrained rivers also present. (click here for more information).