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December 2013 

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Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director


As we come to the end of 2013, it has been a strange year for NCCARF. But we end on a high note, with a firm commitment by the government to fund NCCARF for a second phase.  We are very much looking forward to getting going again in the middle of 2014, with some exciting ideas about what we want to do and what we hope to achieve. 
Some themes are already starting to emerge, and I am hopeful that we can start to put things in place in the New Year so that by the time the government funding comes on stream we are ready and primed to go.
This is just to wish you all the best for the festive season, and to say how very much we look forward to working with you in 2014.  Adaptation to climate change is an on-going challenge for Australia, one that is not going to go away in the foreseeable future. My wish for 2014 is that we can make real progress in working to ensure that our grandchildren live in a country that is as prosperous and beautiful as the one we are privileged to call home.

Save the Date: National Climate Adaptation Conference 

30 September - 2 October 2014 | Gold Coast

NCCARF in partnership with CSIRO will hold the climate change adaptation conference over three days at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland.

Call for abstracts will open February 2014


NCCARF Going forward

The Commonwealth government has committed $9 million to NCCARF over three years.  This funding is likely to become available in mid 2014 and priorities for the use of those funds will be determined through discussions with the government. In the interim, the eight University Partners within the NCCARF Consortium have provided funds to maintain a small staff contingent and support limited NCCARF activities in 2013/2014. 

The NCCARF consortium has considerable capacity in climate change adaptation research and is available to undertake adaptation research projects in Australia and beyond. 

Contact Dave Rissik to discuss opportunities (


Just published...

NCCARF's latest published volume Natural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change is now available to order from Cambridge University Press.

This volume presents eighteen case studies of natural disasters from Australia, Europe, North America and developing countries. By comparing the impacts, it seeks to identify what moves people to adapt, which adaptive activities succeed and which fail, and the underlying reasons, and the factors that determine when adaptation is required and when simply bearing the impact may be the more appropriate response.

Contact NCCARF

Director’s Office
Jean Palutikof

Sarah Boulter
Research Fellow


Synthesis and Integrative Research and Administration
David Rissik
Deputy Director General Manager

Jenny West
Business & Operations Manager
National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Qld Australia 4222
Tel: 07 5552 9333
Fax: 07 5552 7333
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