August 5, 2010: 'Social science and climate adaptation – some starting points' Dr Nadine Marshall, CSIRO
This event was held Thursday 5 August 2010, at the QCA Theatre and Gallery, Griffith University, South Bank Brisbane. Download audio, video or slides of the presentation below.
Primary enterprises and industries including agriculture, forestry, fisheries and mining, are highly vulnerable to climate change because of their dependency on climate-sensitive natural resources for their prosperity and sustainability.
Primary enterprises are expected to contend with more frequent climate crises (such as drought and flood), environmental degradation (such as eroding soils and limited production during drought), cultural change (such as new land management practices or using climate technology) and inevitable climate-related regulatory change.
These stressors occur against an existing backdrop of conventional drivers of change including economic, biophysical, institutional, cultural and political pressures.
More than ever, resource-users will need to anticipate, and prepare for, each climate-related challenge, and institutions will need to be particularly supportive, if resource industries and the extended social systems dependent on them are to be sustained. In this presentation, Nadine will refer to breakthrough social science research that may, indeed, give hope to those directly dependent on climate-sensitive natural resources.