Past, present and future landscapes: Understanding alternative futures for climate change adaptation of coastal settlements and communities

This final report details research funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility that examines the past and present drivers of landscape change in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, and models scenarios for the future, based on potential land use planning decisions. The project demonstrates a novel approach to modelling alternative futures by linking the possible futures to various strategic land use planning options. Then the consequent vulnerabilities to climate change impacts may be assessed. This past-present-future landscape approach allows a more integrated analysis of parameters that might change.