NCCARF Newsletter - June 2016
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NCCARF Newsletter

Conference Edition

June 2016

NCCARF Newsletter - Conference Edition June 2016
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Director's message

Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director

These are exciting times for NCCARF. We are making the last minute preparations for the NCCARF CSIRO conference. We are putting the final touches to CoastAdapt, the online information and decision support system for coastal adaptation.  And our Synthesis products have been submitted to the Department of the Environment for approval. So there is a very real sense that our work over the last nearly two years is coming together to make a substantial contribution to climate change adaptation in Australia. 

How will you get to know more about this? We plan to publicise these achievements at the conference in Adelaide next month. We will have a booth where you will be able to trial CoastAdapt – it’s an online tool, so we’ll set up laptops where you can navigate CoastAdapt and see what it has to offer. We will print off some of the information contained in CoastAdapt for you to leaf through.  And there will be people at the booth who have been part of the user experience testing of CoastAdapt, so you can get their perspectives. Some of the Synthesis products will be available at the booth for you to look at. And we will be making presentations about all our products, so there will be ample opportunity to find out more.  

We are really looking forward to the conference, to have this opportunity to showcase our activities. We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide!

CoastAdapt: soon to be beta

CoastAdapt is progressing well, and a beta version will be available to view at the NCCARF/CSIRO conference in July. CoastAdapt includes a wealth of information to support coastal decision makers manage risks associated with climate change.  Key components of CoastAdapt are:
  • Sea-level rise and you, which allows users to obtain sea-level rise data and associated inundation mapping for coastal local government areas around Australia
  • Shoreline Explorer, which provides information on secondary sediment compartments around Australia, coastal geomorphological data (SmartLine), and Water Observations from Space
  • C-CADS (Coastal Climate Adaptation Decision Support), a risk-based process to help users develop a climate change adaptation plan
  • CoastExchange, a community of practice through which participants can share experiences and information, participate in discussions and quizzes. A new addition to this is the Ask an Expert section (see below). 
  • Case studies, a compendium of case studies from Australia and abroad is delivered to illustrate concepts and provide insights about what is being done by practitioners.
  • Information Manuals.  Ten authoritative guides to key topics relevant to coastal adaptation. 
To find out more and provide us with feedback:
  • Visit us at the NCCARF booth at the conference to explore CoastAdapt 
  • Attend one of the meetings or workshops we will hold throughout Australia in coming months.
  • Or contact Dave Rissik at for more information.
Ask an Expert
This month, we are launching our Expert Panel on coastal adaptation and so now is the chance for you to submit questions to be answered by the Panel.  Simply go to the CoastExchange ‘Ask an expert’ discussion category and post a question. Or click here and post your question as part of the discussion thread:  

To pose a question you first need to be registered with CoastExchange (register here:  We will run a question and answer session once a month from now until end of June 2017.  For the first round, you must submit your question by 8 July 2016. 

Synthesising knowledge for adaptation

The first phase of the synthesis program has been successfully completed, with seventeen Sector Briefs, Synthesis Summary and Policy Guidance Brief documents submitted in May to the Department of the Environment for their sign-off. We are currently finalising the layout and printing of the synthesis series and hope to have copies of the first few available at the National Climate Adaptation Conference.
The first release will include Climate Change Adaptation Briefing Notes for:
  1. Community service organisations
  2. Finance officers
  3. Planners
  4. Engineers
  5. Local government executives
  6. Elected representatives
 Visit us at the NCCARF booth at the National Climate Adaptation Conference in Adelaide to learn more.

Plan your days at the National Adaptation Conference: 5-7 July 2016

Now, less than two weeks’ away, the NCCARF CSIRO Climate Adaptation conference (5-7 July) includes a diverse program of presentations, poster sessions, social and networking events.  Our international plenary speakers cover climate risks, coastal, health and financing issues.  Our local plenaries cover topics of defence and security, social vulnerability and marginalisation.  Go to the conference website for more details about these speakers.

A range of sponsored sessions will discuss very real-world problems that represent the contemporary adaptation challenges:
  • Adelaide City Council recently finalised a collaborative adaptation plan and wants to facilitate a discussion around moving from planning to implementation
  • When urban areas merge farming areas 'how does that intersect with climate change risks?' asks SARDI and the Mt Lofty NRM Board.
  • The Murray Darling Basin Authority  presents a case study of adaptation on a regional scale through discussion on topical issues in the Basin.
  • The Queensland Government and UQ's Global Change Institute will discuss how effective governance arrangements can faciliate effective adaptation.
  • Critical infrastructure is in the spotlight with Adelaide airport just beginning their adaptation journey and SA Water detailing how they are responding to the adaptation challenge. And NSW Office of Environment and Heritage wants to foster a discussion on collaborative adaptation for infrastructure based on their Cross Dependency Initiative (XDI).
How to describe and respond to social vulnerability has been a strong theme through the abstract submission as well as a focus from our two Bronze sponsors; the South Australian Local Government Association and the NCCARF National Adaptation Network for Vulnerable Communities. As a result we have parallel sessions on adaptation and a sense of place, vulnerability and community level adaptation, the economic imperative of adaptation.  A debate—Does where I live dictate how healthy I’ll be?—will use a lighter format to discuss a serious issue. 

And that’s just a taste of our program; to see more go to the conference website

Thanks to our sponsors, in particular our Platinum sponsor South Australia’s Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, our Silver sponsors the Adelaide Convention Bureau and the Adelaide Convention Centre; and our Bronze sponsors the South Australian Local Government Association and the NCCARF National Adaptation Network for Vulnerable Communities. 


The Conference legacy – the wow beyond the now!

Our conference theme of ‘change, challenge, opportunity’ led us to seek ways to ensure that the conference could have a positive local impact beyond the event itself.   Our solution was to partner with Adelaide-based social enterprise event company, GOGO Events. GOGO events work with the Hutt St Centre, a shelter for Adelaide’s homeless population, to educate, train and employ homeless and disadvantaged people to produce and install their events.  We hope you enjoy the three activities that have come from our ‘change, challenge, opportunity’.
‘Low carbon glam’ conference dinner
Our conference dinner will be fun, colourful and elegant, with none of the decor purchased new. All the decor is sourced from charities or op-shops, or for-purpose businesses (like Knitting for Charity), or repurposed from GOGO stock. The beautiful table centre pieces are the handiwork of the homeless team from the Adelaide’s Hutt St Centre and will be reused at the The Big Issue fundraiser in July. 
Note you must have preregistered for the dinner to attend, and present your dinner ticket at the door.

Dulcie’s Shop of Real Opportunity
She’s perky, dazzling and filled with the ultimate in vintage clothing.  Dulcie is a mobile op shop located within a redecorated old bus. Vintage fashion with a heart, Dulcie will be parked in the Exhibition Hall if you want to buy some glad rags for the dinner.  Your purchase helps rebuild lives through supporting Centacare  as well as the Hutt St Centre.

Creatively considering climate risk and homeless;
it’s in the bag

Our conference bag has been created by In-stitches, another Adelaide-based social enterprise that, through sewing services, provides employment for people with a disability. Then the bags were passed to GOGO events to work with clients of the Hutt St Centre to screen print. Tools and training are being supplied by artist Josh Searson, from Tooth and Nail studios.
An added bonus was that the NCCARF Vulnerable Communities Network (VCN) could also get involved.  A key aim of the VCN is to understand the underlying causes of vulnerability, and to develop strategies to address them.  Researchers from the VCN took part in the screen printing workshops to build relationships with clients of the Hutt Street Centre and to discuss experiences of climate risk and homelessness.  This will help the researchers to develop a better understanding of climate change vulnerability and resilience in the context of social disadvantage.
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