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NCCARF Climate Adaptation Webinar Series

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NCCARF Climate Adaptation Research Webinar Series

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) works to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. We do this through new research, communication and networking.

In a series of online webinars, we will explore some key climate adaptation topics. Each webinar will feature two experts, and provide an opportunity for you, the viewer, to ask questions and join the discussion online.

Register for one, some or all of the webinars by clicking the "Register" button on the right. Or visit at the times listed below.

Extreme climate events: future risks and impacts
21 March 3-4pm AEST

Extreme climate events – heatwaves, floods, windstorms and bushfires – can quickly become disasters if communities aren’t prepared. Extremes are how we will feel the climate changing – more so than creeping averages. So how do we prepare for these dramatic events? Join our webinar panel looking at projections of extreme climate in the future, the impacts these events may have on our built environment and communities, and how we can adapt.

Join our panel of experts:

  • Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) - Moderator
  • Scott Power (Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Matthew Mason (University of Queensland)

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change
19 April 1-2pm AEST

Climate change in Australia means more than just what happens at home. It can affect Australia’s appeal as a tourist destination, alter the competitiveness of our exports and create new international tensions that must be managed through foreign policy. Australia has strengths in research and development, natural resource management, energy technologies and climate change adaptation practices that can be mobilised to meet these challenges. Join us for a discussion about Australia in its international context under a changing climate.

Join our panel of experts:

  • Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) - Moderator
  • Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
  • Cheryl Durrant (Department of Defence)

Urban Adaptation: Cities adapting to climate change
3 May 2-3pm AEST

Poorly-planned cities will be disproportionately affected by climate change – urban heat islands will intensify, drainage systems will fail to cope with more intense rainstorms, and energy infrastructure will struggle to meet increased demand in more frequent heatwaves. Well-planned cities can help us to respond to climate change – providing green spaces, well-insulated buildings and efficient public transport. How do we prepare our cities to be ‘climate ready’?

Join our panel of experts:

  • Sarah Boulter (NCCARF) - Moderator
  • Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
  • Ron Cox (University of NSW)

Natural ecosystems: from land to sea
22 May 1-2pm AEST

Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs due to extreme heat and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how our natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora, as well as the commercial businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism) are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what – if anything - can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?

Join our panel of experts:

  • David Rissik (NCCARF) - Moderator
  • Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
  • Terry Hughes (James Cook University)

This webinar series draws on the work of NCCARF’s “Practical Knowledge for Adaptation” synthesis program. You can find factsheets and summaries available for download at: or request a printed set by emailing

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