Adaptation Networks

NCCARF’s Adaptation Research Networks, hosted by universities across Australia, were a community of researchers and practitioners working together to progress climate change adaptation knowledge.

The aim of the networks was to communicate and connect with researchers and research users in government, sectors and communities with a view to building and maintaining the capacity to adapt to a changing climate.

From 2013 - 2017, the Adaptation Networks focused on four key challenge areas in adaptation.

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Natural ecosystems

Terrestrial and marine natural ecosystems (including iconic assets such as the Great Barrier Reef) are threatened in multiple ways by present-day climate variability and future changing climate patterns. Strategies to adapt to these changes are needed. This network is hosted by James Cook University. more...

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Settlements and infrastructure

The very long lifetimes of major infrastructure and buildings mean that decisions made now about location and design standards for roads, bridges, ports and utilities, and about urban form and land use, need to take into account exposure to extreme weather events of growing frequency and intensity. This network is hosted by University of New South Wales. more...

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Social, economic and institutional dimensions

Adaptation responses to climate change take place in the social, economic and institutional contexts of society. Understanding of these contexts is a fundamental prerequisite for effective adaptation. This network is hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast. more...

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Vulnerable communities

Market forces may drive adaptation to changing patterns of climate and extreme events. However, some communities and community sectors are more vulnerable or lack the resources or ability to adapt. Strategies are needed to ensure appropriate market mechanisms are in place, to frame a safety net for the vulnerable, to understand the underlying causes of vulnerability, and to develop strategies to address these vulnerabilities. This network is hosted by the University of Adelaide. more...

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