NCCARF Adaptation Webinar Series

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) works to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. We do this through new research, communication and networking.

In a series of online webinars, we will explore some key climate adaptation topics. Each webinar will feature two experts, and provide an opportunity for you, the viewer, to ask questions and join the discussion online.

Register for one, some or all of the webinars. Or visit https://www.nccarf.edu.au/nccarf-adaptation-webinars at the times listed below. 

Extreme climate events: future risks and impacts

21 March 3-4pm AEST

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Extreme climate events – heatwaves, floods, windstorms and bushfires – can quickly become disasters if communities aren’t prepared. Extremes are how we will feel the climate changing – more so than creeping averages. So how do we prepare for these dramatic events? Join our webinar panel looking at projections of extreme climate in the future, the impacts these events may have on our built environment and communities, and how we can adapt.

Join our panel of experts:

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) - Moderator
    Professor Jean Palutikof is Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University. She previously managed the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office.
  • Dr Scott Power (Bureau of Meteorology)
    Dr Scott Power is the Head of Climate Research and the International Development Manager in the Bureau of Meteorology. Scott is also an Honorary Professor in the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.
  • Dr Matthew Mason (University of Queensland)
    Dr Matthew Mason is a lecturer in Structural Risk Assessment at the University of Queensland. Prior to joining UQ he worked as a catastrophe risk re-searcher for the industry-focused research centre, Risk Frontiers at Macquarie University. Matthew’s key areas of interest include wind engineering, stochastic hazard modelling and catastrophe loss modelling for natural hazards.

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change

19 April 1-2pm AEST

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Climate change in Australia means more than just what happens at home. It can affect Australia’s appeal as a tourist destination, alter the competitiveness of our exports and create new international tensions that must be managed through foreign policy. Australia has strengths in research and development, natural resource management, energy technologies and climate change adaptation practices that can be mobilised to meet these challenges. Join us for a discussion about Australia in its international context under a changing climate.

Join our panel of experts:

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) - Moderator
    Professor Jean Palutikof is Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University. She previously managed the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office.
  • Professor Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
    Jon Barnett is a Professor in the Department of Resource Management and Geography at Melbourne University. He is a political geographer whose research investigates the impacts of and responses to climate change on social systems, with a focus on risks to human insecurity, hunger, violent conflict, and water stress. He has done extensive field-work in the South Pacific, China, and East Timor.
  • Ms Cheryl Durrant (Department of Defence)

Urban Adaptation: cities adapting to climate change

3 May 2-3pm AEST

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Poorly-planned cities will be disproportionately affected by climate change – urban heat islands will intensify, drainage systems will fail to cope with more intense rainstorms, and energy infrastructure will struggle to meet increased demand in more frequent heatwaves. Well-planned cities can help us to respond to climate change – providing green spaces, well-insulated buildings and efficient public transport. How do we prepare our cities to be ‘climate ready’?

Join our panel of experts:

  • Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF) - Moderator
    Dr Sarah Boulter is a research fellow with NCCARF. In this role, Sarah has been involved in the research, development and synthesis of knowledge to support adaptation planning and management across all sectors.
  • Professor Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
    Professor Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) at the University of Canberra. Professor Norman is Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council and a Visiting Research Fellow at the ANU Climate Institute.
  • Associate Professor Ron Cox (University of NSW)
    Associate Professor Ron Cox has had extensive experience in coastal, ocean and port engineering, water supply and wastewater, climate impacts and environmental impact/risk assessments in these areas, working with industry and government, (local, state and federal) both within Australia and overseas. He leads the Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure with a focus on coastal settlements, built environment, infrastructure, urban planning and management.

Natural ecosystems: from land to sea

22 May 1-2pm AEST

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Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs due to extreme heat and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how our natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora, as well as the commercial businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism) are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what – if anything - can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?

Join our panel of experts:

  • Dr David Rissik (NCCARF) - Moderator
    Dr Dave Rissik is an environmental scientist with 20 years experience in water quality, estuarine and marine ecology, and natural resource management. He has a strong interest in the use of science to inform mangement and policy and works hard to ensure that this occurs.
  • Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
    Stephen (Steve) Williams is a Professor in the College of Science & Engineering at James Cook University. His research is focused on field-based ecology, understanding biodiversity, assessing the resilience of natural ecosystems to environmental change and using this knowledge to maximize the positive benefits of conservation management and adaptation in the face of a changing global climate.
  • Terry Hughes (James Cook University)
    Professor Terry Hughes is Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, at James Cook University, Australia. His research focuses on the linkages between the ecology of reefs and their importance for societies and economies. He has worked extensively in Australia, the Coral Triangle Region, and in the Caribbean. An important aspect of his research is understanding the dynamics and resilience of coral reefs, and translating this knowledge into innovative and practical solutions for improved reef management.

This webinar series draws on the work of NCCARF’s “Practical Knowledge for Adaptation” synthesis program. You can find factsheets and summaries available for download at: www.nccarf.edu.au/synthesis or request a printed set by emailing nccarf@griffith.edu.au

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