Projects

There are many places and sectors in Australia where the impacts of climate change will be unavoidable, even with adaptation measures. As the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continues to climb the climate will change and so damages will become harder to avoid or minimise. There are some very obvious and notable places and sectors where adaptation seems likely to reach its limits, and where there is ongoing or pre-existing research and expertise upon which to extend the analysis to include considering the limits of adaptation. For this project, the following cases have been identified as ideal areas of study: 

• The Great Barrier Reef, where there may be limits to adaptation that seeks to sustain the health of the reef and the businesses, communities and cultures that depend on it. Project 1

• Alpine areas, where there may be limits to adaptation that seeks to sustain the plants and animals, and businesses, settlements and cultures that depend on snow in winter. Project 2

• Wetlands, where there may be limits to adaptation that seeks to sustain the health of ecosystems, and the businesses, communities and cultures that depend on it, including notably:

• the Coorong wetlands. Project 3

• the Macquarie marshes (two projects). Project 4

• Small Australian islands, where there may be limits to adaptations that seek to sustain human settlements and cultural values, including notably islands in the Torres Strait such as Saibai. Project 5

• Drought and the future of small inland towns of Donald and Mildura, Vic. This is an extension of a Phase 1 Historical Case Study carried out by the University of Newcastle. Project 6

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