NCCARF Newsletter - September 2017
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September 2017

Director's message

Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director

NCCARF: Next steps

This is the first newsletter for the new phase of NCCARF, which runs through to 30 June 2017. As you all know, NCCARF recently completed a major project to develop an online decision support and information delivery framework for coastal adaptation – CoastAdapt.  We are very proud of this achievement, which has received widespread praise and support and, in recognition, NCCARF recently received the Australian Coastal Councils Research award for CoastAdapt.
There have always been questions around the longevity of CoastAdapt – how could sustainable funding for its maintenance and updating be achieved in the long-term? The Australian Department of the Environment and Energy has now funded a project in NCCARF to address this question. Over the next year, we will be exploring potential funding mechanisms for CoastAdapt that will allow it to continue as a trusted up-to-date (in terms of both policy and science) resource to support coastal adaptation. As part of this, we will be carrying out stakeholder consultations by phone and face-to-face over the next few months. If we are in touch with you, I do hope you will be able to spare us a few moments of your time to share your expertise and opinions on how CoastAdapt can successfully move forward.
We will continue to keep you updated throughout, with these quarterly newsletters.


Save the date!

We are delighted to announce that the sixth Climate Adaptation Conference will be held at the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne from 8-10th May 2018. And, for the first time we will be partnering with Engineers Australia to incorporate their conference Practical Responses to Climate Change.

The conference brings together researchers and practitioners to share ideas and work toward adaptation solutions. More information about the conference will be available on the NCCARF website from next week.

Key dates:
Call for abstracts opens 3 Oct 2017
Close call for abstracts 2 Feb 2018
Early bird registration closes 1 Mar 2018
Conference starts 8 May 2018

There will be opportunities to sponsor the conference and, as in previous years, we plan to offer the opportunity to sponsor and run individual sessions. Anyone wanting to talk about opportunities to be involved should contact Sarah Boulter

A big thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, the Victorian State Government, Department of the Environment, Land, Water and Planning, for bringing the conference to Victoria!

CoastAdapt Updates

CoastAdapt engagement continues with presentations made at the WA Coastal Conference and the Queensland Coastal Conference in the past few months. We also organised and presented in, a well received climate adaptation session and panel discussion at the World Congress on Engineering and Asset Management (Brisbane). It was great to showcase CoastAdapt in a forum promoting adaptation knowledge and practice in Australia. We were in good company with many speakers including the key note address from David Singleton (Chair of ISCA).  

A message from Anindilyakwa

In June, NCCARF travelled to beautiful Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory at the invitation of staff at the Anindilyakwa Land Council. Along with Travis Sydes (FNQROC) from our Tool Development Partnership, we held an information sharing workshop to talk about climate change and sea level rise. The day saw us head to the beach and mark out sea-level rise projections in the sand.

Friend of NCCARF and filmmaker, Victor Steffensen (Mulong) filmed the day and has produced a short video now available on the CoastAdapt Case Study pages. You can view it here.

Test cases of CoastAdapt in action

NCCARF has worked with a range of organisations to help see CoastAdapt working (or not working!) in action. In 2016 we joined forces with six new organisations to test some aspect of CoastAdapt. The test cases included working with councils (City of Marion, Noosa Shire Council, Cairns Regional CouncilPeron Naturaliste Partnership), but also with an industry association (Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters), and a credit union (Summerland Credit Union). We also continued are work with Aboriginal Shire Councils in north Queensland. 

The diversity of test cases provided a great opportunity for NCCARF to understand how different organisations might use CoastAdapt, and provide specific feedback to continue improving CoastAdapt. The snapshots for all test cases are available here on CoastAdapt.

Don't forget our library of over 80 case studies, including videos,  can now be searched via an interactive map to help you find the most relevant case studies.



New research reports added

The final reports of three research projects have been added to CoastAdapt. Commissioned by NCCARF, the projects were designed to fill knowledge gaps in CoastAdapt. These three reports add to an initial set of five carried out in 2016.

CoastAdapt Case Study Evaluation
Prepared by a team at ARUP, this report evaluated the CoastAdapt case study suite (as at June 2017). The report provides an overview of the case studies, looking at the multiple benefits, the practicality of adopting the approach used in a case study, the flexibility of the actions and any negative outcomes (e.g. increased greenhouse gas emissions). The report as helped NCCARF identify gaps in our case study suite. The full report is available here.

Climate risks and coastal transport
In these guidelines, author Greg Fisk (BMT WBM) looks at the risks climate change possess to Australia's transport infrastructure in the coastal zone and how asset managers might prepare for the uncertainties climate change presents. The report draws on a diversity of reports and products developed by NCCARF and showcases current strategies, plans and practices. The full report is available here.

A comparative analysis of decision-making approaches
A number of approaches to adaptation decision-making are available to practitioners, including the CoastAdapt C-CADS framework and new Pathways approaches. This report from Mark Siebentritt (SEED consulting) and Natasha Hall (The Legatus Group) looks at how pathways approaches differ from and can be used as part of other decision-making frameworks such as C-CADS.The full report is available here.

All research reports can be found in the resource centre of CoastAdapt here.

Adaptation Network News

At the end of Phase II, funding for the Adaptation Research Networks ceased. But several of the Networks have developed significant momentum and are looking at ways to continue their work.

Settlements and infrastructure (ACCARNSI) 

hosted by University of New South Wales and the Network Convenor is Ron Cox:

Furthering research efforts in climate adaptation related to Ports’ infrastructure and waterways globally, ACCARNSI Convenor, Ron Cox recently presented at the PIANC-SMART Rivers Conference held in Pittsburgh USA from 18-21 September 2017. 

Smart Rivers is a biennial international forum focussing on river transport to benchmark best practices for inland waterways around the world, and to better integrate inland waterborne transport into the global supply chain. There were dedicated sessions on Environment, Climate Change, Engineering with Nature, Waterway Sustainability, Structural Health Monitoring and Infrastructure Design Innovations, as well as operations and policy and international case studies. 

Associate Professor Cox’s paper ‘Waterborne transport , ports and waterways: A review of climate change drivers, impacts and responses’summarised the expected climate change impacts on maritime and inland navigation including sea level rise, wind conditions, wave action, tidal and surge propagation and range, ocean circulation, storms, coastal hydrodynamics, sea chemistry, environmentally protected areas, ice conditions, icing, water supply and quality in inland rivers, extreme hydrological conditions, and coastal, estuarine and river morphology. Potential adaptation and mitigation responses were identified along with opportunities for navigation to contribute both to overall decreases in anthropogenic GHG, and, through use of alternative fuels, to decreases in other pollutants.

The conference was well attended with experts from around the world sharing their research, experiences, practices and innovations.

Photo: Associate Professor Ron Cox presents at the Smart Rivers Conference in Pittsburgh

Social, economic and institutional dimensions 

hosted by University of the Sunshine Coast and the Convenor is Tim Smith:

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 at
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Jean Palutikof

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