NCCARF Newsletter - June 2017
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Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director

Concluding NCCARF Phase 2

This is the final newsletter for NCCARF Phase 2, which has taken us from October 2014 until now. Notable achievements include (in no particular order) I could go on. If you want to learn about all that NCCARF has achieved in its second phase, see the infographic below or please go to

We have learned a lot since 2014 about the importance of working closely with the community to achieve our goals. We understand that stakeholders must be involved from the inception of a project right through to its very final moment. We know much more about how to make sure that this engagement is meaningful and productive. And we are still learning!
I am proud to have led NCCARF through Phase 2, and of our achievements. I’d like to take this chance to thank everyone who has contributed to our success. There are too many to name, but of course especial thanks must go to NCCARF staff, who have worked enthusiastically and cheerfully towards the successful outcome of NCCARF Phase 2, and without whom none of this could have happened. 


NCCARF going forward 

In the May 2017 budget, the Commonwealth announced that NCCARF will receive $300 000 to support it to join with the Department of the Environment and Energy and CSIRO to form an Adaptation Partnership that will support people making decisions about the risks of a changing climate. The partnership will build on the success of CoastAdapt, with its strong end-user focus and user friendly and accessible information. The partnership will work to ensure the sustainability of CoastAdapt, and seek opportunities to partner with government, organisations and businesses to develop additional tools and resources to support adaptation in Australia and overseas.

Discussions continue about the format of the partnership, and how we can support users and continue to work with our stakeholders.  We would love to hear from you about ideas and opportunities. Please contact Jean Palutikof to discuss this further.

CoastAdapt Update

The final version of CoastAdapt was launched on 17 May 2017 in Melbourne. Although CoastAdapt has been finalised, we will continue to update it with new case studies and information over time, and will make other changes when appropriate.

Since April, we have presented a number of training courses on CoastAdapt at various locations around Australia, and through a shorter webinar. Training included four aspects:
  • an overview of CoastAdapt
  • preparing a risk assessment
  • incorporating communication and engagement
  • using C-CADS to support adaptation planning.
The training included hands on experience in undertaking a first pass risk assessment, and an exercise in stakeholder identification and mapping. We hope that participants will share their experience with colleagues and that use and uptake of CoastAdapt will keep increasing.

Videos of the presentations made during the webinar are available here.

If you have any questions about CoastAdapt contact Dave Rissik
CoastAdapt a hit at home and abroad

CoastAdapt hit 100 000 page views this week after a significant increase in traffic following the launch of the endorsed version in April. More than 17 000 users have now visited the site with over 16 000 documents and 6000 sea-level rise maps downloaded. The length of time that people are spending on the site, as well as the number of pages that they view, are both performing extremely well at 131% and 68% above industry benchmarks respectively.

It is interesting to see a steady growth in the number of visitors that CoastAdapt is attracting from outside Australia. Over 700 visitors came from other countries in the month of May alone.

New case studies

CoastAdapt now features 80 case studies and snapshots highlighting examples of climate change adaptation from around Australia and the world. New case studies have recently been added including snapshots from 11 councils and organisations that have been testing aspects of CoastAdapt - these can be found under the heading: Real-life test cases of CoastAdapt performance.

We have also included a new interactive map to help search for case studies near you. This page is one of the most popular elements on CoastAdapt - it is inspiring to see what adaptations other councils and organisations are undertaking. All the case studies and snapshots are available on the case studies page of CoastAdapt


CoastExchange coming to a close

CoastExchange has operated as an online forum for the coastal adaptation community for the last 15 months. During this time we signed-up 250 members, published 65 feature articles and our panel of experts have answered 30 questions from forum users. NCCARF has always planned to run this for a limited time – there is quite a bit of effort involved. So the time has now come to close down CoastExchange, as from 30th June. But the content will not be lost.

All the weekly posts by the moderator, Simon Torok of Scientell, as well as the Q&As from Ask-an-Expert, have been gathered together and will be accessible from CoastAdapt after next week. Meanwhile, NCCARF would like to thank Simon and the panel of experts who contributed to Ask-an-Expert, for their support and commitment to CoastExchange.


NCCARF heads North

Since the last newsletter, NCCARF has held workshops in the Tiwi Islands and Groote Eylandt about climate change, sea-level rise and CoastAdapt. We thank the Tiwi Land Council and the Anindilyakwa Land Council for their invitations.
The main difficulty in understanding the potential effects of sea-level rise in both these locations is the lack of LiDAR data and inundation modelling.  And yet there are clearly infrastructure and cultural assets at risk. Our approach was to take participants to the beach and explore with them ‘on the ground’ the potential effects of sea level rise, using the information from Sea-level Rise and You in CoastAdapt. 

Perhaps the greatest contrast we found to running a workshop in, say, Sydney or Melbourne, was a more ready acceptance of the reality of climate change and its impacts on, especially, the natural environment, and a strong desire to look beyond the usual model horizon of 2100 to much longer timeframes.

Practical Knowledge for Adaptation

NCCARF has been rolling out its synthesis products "Practical Knowledge for Adaptation" by visiting regional centres and through a series of webinars. If you missed out on the regional briefings or the webinars, you can view the webinar presentations or full webinars by visiting our Youtube channel here.

News from the National Adaptation Networks



Natural Ecosystems Network

Recently the Network has supported capacity building in climate adaptation initiatives (through our travel awards, case study competition and workshops). For more information about these see the latest NEN newsletter. 
Two travel awards (1 student and 1 practitioner) to attend domestic workshops relevant to areas investigating climate change were awarded with Emily Hoffman (PhD student; UWA) funded to attend a cross-disciplinary hydrological modelling workshop, at the University of Melbourne in April. Chloe Dowsett (Coastal & Estuary Officer; Byron Shire Council) was funded to attend a Coastal Hazard Management Workshop, Brisbane in May.
Several science and practitioner workshops were facilitated with research institutions and non-profit organisations. 
  • Practitioners forum to develop recommendations for best practice provenancing for restoration under climate change. Led by Martin Breed & Andy Lowe (University of Adelaide)
  • Collaborative trait research and data: a round table discussion about trait data analysis and its value for climate change adaptation planning. Led by Dr Rachael Gallagher (Macquarie University).
  • Expert working group: Predicting adaptive capacity in Australian alpine plant communities. Led by Prof Adrienne Nicotra (Australian National University)
  • Maximising marine data collection on climate driven impacts observed in eastern Australia to underpin community awareness and adaptation, led by Prof Gretta Pecl (UTAS/IMAS)
  • Being a Landcare group in the age of climate change - planning for a resilient future. Led by Anne Duncan (LandCare ACT).
The NEN case study competition received entries from a combination of students, researchers and community. Cases were judged by NEN committee members on relevance to measures that increase our understanding of climate change impacts on natural ecosystems and show climate change adaptation research or practice in action. The three winning cases were on the topics of rainforest restoration, synergistic climate adaptation for biodiversity and dryland agriculture, and assisted translocation of a critically endangered turtle.  For more information on these awards—including the highly commended case studies, see the NEN newsletter.


Settlements and Infrastructure Network

ACCARNSI invited various stakeholders from Western Australia’s Infrastructure sector to participate in an Infrastructure Adaptation Panel (IAP) Workshop ‘Adaptive Capacity to Future Climate Change Risks for the Australian Infrastructure Sectors’ on Wednesday 24 May 2017 in Perth. The workshop aimed to identify the adaptive capacity of Australian infrastructure sectors to future climate changes by working with stakeholders to identify awareness of exposure to risk and learn of good practices and barriers to adaptation. The various infrastructure sectors shared experiences and heard about climate change risks from both extreme events and longer-term changes, as well as identifying risks from other inter-connected infrastructure sectors. 

Key presentations were given by ACCARNSI Convenor, Ron Cox, Louis Bettini of WA's Department of Main Roads and Dr Bruce Buckley of Insurance Australia Group (IAG). The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities faced by their NSW counterparts in various state government agencies as well as present an overview of the Infrastructure Sector Survey ACCARNSI conducted in the latter half of 2016. Our thanks goes out to the representatives from state and local government, major utilities, industry and the community who gave of their time to help inform ACCARNSI's Infrastructure Adaptation Panel project.


Social, Economic and Institutional Dimensions Network

With support for climate change adaptation ceasing shortly, the SEI Network is seeking suggestions for the continuation of the SEI Network e-newsletter. With nearly 600 members, and an impressive open rate, the SEI network is hoping the e-newsletter can continue. There is currently no other platform that supports a nation-wide community of researchers and practitioners working together on progressing knowledge and strategies that minimise the impacts of climate change on our society, economy and institutions. Suggestions and comments are welcome, please forward these to the SEI Network Coordinator Sarah.Connor

Vulnerable Communities Network

It’s been a productive and very enjoyable (last) few months for NCCARF’s Vulnerable Communities Adaptation Network (VCN). Here are a few highlights.
VCN has been working with Hutt St Centre (a homelessness support service in Adelaide) and Central Queensland University on a photography project titled, Capturing Climate through the lens of people living with homelessness. Participating Hutt St Centre clients were provided with digital cameras to photograph images of the environment and their everyday experiences. Their brief was to capture creative images that they interpret as relating to the extremes of climate, and the challenges of living with issues of homelessness therein. Participants photographed images of different weather conditions—rain, wind, storms, and heat—and how these affect their everyday experiences. The aims of the project were to empower participants with enhanced confidence; provide opportunities for skills development, knowledge and experience in photography; and raise awareness of what it is like to live rough, or with homelessness, in a changing climate. An exhibition of the photographs was held during May 2017 and a launch event attracted over 80 people. The photographs that stemmed from the project are both inspiring and sublime.
Working in partnership with WA Health, VCN ran a forum in Perth on the theme of extreme heat, health and socio-economic disadvantage. Attended by 60 participants, this forum considered the impact of extreme heat in the context of climate change, and how heat threatens the health of communities that have the least resources to adapt. This forum brought together community service practitioners, researchers, advocates and policy-makers to introduce and develop thinking on interactions between climate change driven extreme heat, social disadvantage and risks to health. A forum report is being drafted and will be available soon. A similar workshop was held in Sydney with 30 participants in collaboration with the University of Sydney on 23 June, 2017.
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