A number of 1-2 day post conference field trips will be run immediately following the conference. These field trips will each focus on particular themes such as settlements and infrastructure in coastal cities; biodiversity; and, agriculture, water and energy. The field trips will be led by Australian researchers, and will highlight climate change adaptation research currently underway in south-east and northern Queensland. The following trips are currently proposed. Further detail about these and additional trips will be posted on this site soon. If you are interested in participating in any of these field trips, please register your interest by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be provided with field trip information updates.
Water, Wheat & Wine – adaptive primary industries in inland Australia»
This two-day trip explores the challenges and options for Queensland’s agricultural heartland, the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs, in the face of climate change. This tour is guided by leading researchers currently working to develop sustainable primary industries against a backdrop of climate uncertainty, water resource pressures and increasing urbanisation.
Cost: AU$300 includes 1 night’s accommodation, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast.
Registration has now closed.
2 July, 2010
Explore Lamington National Park and surrounds. The Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area includes the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. The day trip will be led by renowned ecologist and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, Professor Roger Kitching and will focus on the monitoring of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. The day will include a 2 hour walk to the Antarctic Beech Forest (Nothofagus).
Cost of this trip will be $190 per person all inclusive for the day long excursion.
Download the booking form here. Closing dates for registration ends 24 June.
2 July, 2010
The surf, sun and sand that makes Australia’s iconic Gold Coast one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities also make it among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Leading coastal, water and urban planning researchers will guide this full-day tour, presenting a snapshot of both the threats and the innovative adaptation measures underway from the canals to the coast.
Cost: AU$114. Includes lunch and canal cruise.
Download the booking form here. Closing dates for registration ends 25 June.
3 – 5 July, 2010
Leader: Professor Steve Turton (James Cook University)
On the first day we will visit the Daintree lowlands (Australia’s largest remaining area of lowland tropical rainforest) and this component will include a visit to the Australian Canopy Crane Research Facility, near Cape Tribulation. On the second day we will visit the Atherton Tablelands, inland from Cairns, a highland area where many cool adapted plant and animal species are threatened by climate change. If time permits, we may go night spotlighting for rare nocturnal possums and tree Kangaroos at a nearby forest site. On the final day we will visit the Ma Mu Canopy Walk near Innisfail and this will provide an opportunity to inspect a recovering rainforest canopy that was severely impacted by Cyclone Larry four years ago.
Note: The cost of this field trip does not include flights to Cairns.
Download the booking form here. Closing dates for registration ends 18 June.