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 explored some key climate adaptation topics. Topics for seminars scheduled for 2018 cocused on extreme weather and sea-level rise, the tourism industry and major assets. Each webinar featured two experts, and provided an opportunity for you, the viewer, to ask questions and join the discussion online.

2018 NCCARF Webinars

Climate change, extremes and sea-level rise - where are we heading?

23 February 2018, 3pm (Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT), 2pm (QLD), 2:30pm (SA), 1:30pm (NT), 12:00 noon (WA)

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director)
  • Dr Karl Braganza (Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Dr Kathy McInnes (CSIRO)

Good weather guarantee - how climate change might transform tourism

5 March 2018, 3pm (Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT), 2pm (QLD), 2:30pm (SA), 1:30pm (NT), 12:00 noon (WA)

  • Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
  • Professor Catherine Pickering (Griffith University)
  • Professor Susanne Becken (Griffith University)

Coastal planning and governance under climate change and sea-level rise

19 March 2018, 3pm (Vic, NSW, Tas, ACT), 2pm (QLD), 2:30pm (SA), 1:30pm (NT), 12:00 noon (WA)

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) - Moderator
  • Jo Mummery (University of Canberra)
  • Bruce Thom (Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists)

Past webinars

Extreme climate events: future risks and impacts

Recorded on 21 March 2017

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?

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director)
  • Dr Scott Power (Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Dr Matthew Mason (University of Queensland)

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change

Recorded on 19 April 2017

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.

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director)
  • Professor Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
  • Ms Cheryl Durrant (Department of Defence)

Urban Adaptation: cities adapting to climate change

Recorded on 3 May 2017

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’?

  • Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
  • Professor Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
  • Associate Professor Ron Cox (University of NSW)

Natural ecosystems: from land to sea

Recorded on 22 May 2017

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?

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director)
  • Professor Terry Hughes (James Cook University)
  • Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)

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: or request a printed set by emailing