NCCARF Newsletter - December 2016
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Director's message

Professor Jean Palutikof, NCCARF Director

As we come to the end of 2016, there has been some bad news, and some good news. On the bad news side, 2015 turned out to be the warmest year on record, 2016 is shaping up to be even warmer, and atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have topped 400 ppm for the first time.

On the good news side, the Paris Agreement has come into force, and solar power installation continues to grow exponentially – at the current rate of growth, solar power will become the world's largest source of electricity by 2050. But, so far, what we’re doing isn’t enough, and 2017 will likely see more records broken.

Against this background, adaptation remains essential. NCCARF played its part through 2016 with its ground-breaking online support framework CoastAdapt, and with a stream of publications delivering useful information to the adaptation community. You can learn about our recent and planned activities in this newsletter. 

Finally, I’d like to close the year by wishing you a very happy holiday season from all at NCCARF, and a peaceful and healthy New Year.  We look forward to working with you in 2017.

What a year it's been!

Another busy and productive year of supporting adaptation - check out NCCARF's highlights

New applied research projects sought for CoastAdapt 

New applied research projects are being sought by NCCARF to support the continued growth and development of CoastAdapt.

Projects are likely to be highly applied, and non-traditional organisations such as local councils are encouraged to apply. Given the constraints of timing and budget, the projects are likely to use existing information and data to build new knowledge. 

As with any projects funded through NCCARF, projects must consider end user needs and deliver outputs that are accessible to practitioners and decision-makers, and which are aligned with the goal to grow and develop CoastAdapt.

NCCARF expects to fund up to four projects.  Project duration is likely to be of the order of three months, and with a budget of between $15,000 and $20,000. Closing date for proposals is 20 January 2017.  For more information see
research call.

Research reports now available CoastAdapt 

Reports are now available from the five research projects commissioned by NCCARF in 2016.

The five projects were commissioned by NCCARF to fill knowledge gaps in CoastAdapt. The research needs were identified by a panel of members drawn from NCCARF's Project Review Committee, End User Reference Group and Technical Reference Group, NCCARF's National Adaptation Networks and NCCARF staff. Research proposals were reviewed by an independent panel.

The projects were:
  • Mechanisms to finance climate change adaptation in Australia
  • Monitoring and Evaluation in Adaptation
  • Exploring valuation methods for climate change adaptation options
  • Building the business case for adaptation: Lessons from coastal Australia
  • A local government framework for coastal risk assessment in Australia.
The research reports from these projects are now available from research projects  

Synthesis Program: Practical knowledge for adaptation 

The final five synthesis documents produced in 2016 were released in October. This set of Policy Information Briefs focus on key adaptation challenges for Australia and cover:
  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Climate Ready Cities
  • Climate-Adaptive Northern Development
  • Sustainable and Thriving Rural Communities under Climate Change
  • Adapting Australia’s Aid and Trade Policies to Climate Change.
The synthesis program was developed to provide accessible summaries of climate change adaptation research and knowledge.
We also held a workshop in November 2016 to develop a synthesis summary on the challenges of managing infrastructure under a changing climate. This will be completed and released in 2017.
The Policy Information Briefs follow the earlier release of six Briefing Notes targeted at specific roles and sectors and six Synthesis Summaries. All documents are available for download at Synthesis Program.

National Adaptation Research Plans revised for 2017

Consultation closed recently for the five National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans (NARPs) that are currently being updated.  

The NARPs are a key responsibility of NCCARF. They aim to summarise the information required for sound decision making about adaptation and gaps in current knowledge, leading to identifying priority adaptation research questions and cross-theme adaptation research priorities for that area. 

There are currently nine NARPs but only five are being updated in this round:
  • Social, economic and institutional dimensions 
  • Settlements and infrastructure
  • Freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Marine ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity
These revised NARPS will be released in 2017. For more information contact
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Contact NCCARF

Jean Palutikof

Sarah Boulter
Senior Research Fellow

Anne Leitch
Knowledge Communication

Steve Webb
Senior Programmer/Web Developer

David Rissik
Deputy Director General Manager

Jenny West
Business & Operations Manager

Fahim Tonmoy
Coastal Expert

Carmel James
National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University Gold Coast Campus
Qld Australia 4222
Tel: 07 5552 9333
Fax: 07 5552 7333
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility is supported through funding from the Australian Government.

The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained within.
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