A beta version of CoastAdapt – an on-line tool designed to assist d
ecision-makers to manage risks associated with climate change – has been launched on a trial basis and is now ‘live’
The tool has been developed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) and incorporates input from 700 coastal decision-makers, practitioners and researchers who were consulted during the development phase.
CoastAdapt has been designed to provide coastal councils, communities and other coastal stakeholders with the skills, information and tools to support effective decision-making. It provides information on all aspects of climate change including the science, impacts on coastal settlements, and legal implications of adaptation.
The beta version is now open for testing and review until November. NCCARF is inviting feedback and input from coastal councils and advises that this review period is an essential part of the development process.
CoastAdapt has been developed by NCCARF with funding from the Australian Government through the Department of the Environment and Energy.
One of the services provided by CoastAdapt is an ‘Ask The Expert’ forum where coastal planners, engineers and decision-makers can put questions relating to coastal adaptation to a panel of experts.
The Australian Coastal Councils Association was one of the organisations that provided input to NCCARF during the development process. We encourage you to go on-line to test CoastAdapt and provide your feedback to NCCARF, as indicated on the site.
The beta version of CoastAdapt is available at – https://coastadapt.com.au
Sea level rise could be much higher than previously projected by the end of this century, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Penn State University, warns that sea level could increase by up to 2 metres by 2100 if melting from the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland are taken into account. Continue reading New study finds sea level rise could be much higher by 2100
A study conducted by researchers at University College London has found that population growth in coastal areas can lead to major increases in exposure to extreme weather events.
Professor Georgina Mace, who led the study, said governments around the world had failed to grasp the risk that rapidly growing populations in coastal cities face the prospect of rising sea levels and more frequent and severe extreme weather events related to climate change. Continue reading Climate Change Poses Increased Risk to Coastal Cities – UK Study
A new report into managing the impact of seas level rise has been released by the Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) and the Coast Protection Board.
The report, Defining the Sea Level Rise Problem in South Australia, was co-funded by the State Government, Local Government Association and the Coast Protection Board and is part of South Australia’s partnership approach to climate change. Continue reading Report Aims to help SA Councils Prepare for Sea Level Rise
Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has intervened to force the removal of all references to climate change-derived sea level rises from the regional plan of Moreton Bay Regional Council, a decision experts say could have wide ramifications.
Continue reading Queensland Deputy Premier Orders Removal of Climate Change-derived Sea Level Rises from Council’s Regional Plan
A new book written by an American geologist and an Irish professor of coastal studies argues that the world’s beaches are at risk of extinction. Continue reading Are the world’s beaches at risk of extinction?
The Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland has developed a tool to help coastal councils more accurately predict the impact of rising sea levels. Continue reading New Tool to Help Queensland Councils Plan for Climate Change
Dr John Church, one of the world’s leading experts on sea level rise, will be a keynote speaker at the 2015 Australian Coastal Councils Conference, to be held on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, in March next year.
Download the conference registration brochure here
2015 Australian Coastal Councils Conference BROCHURE
Continue reading World Expert on Sea Level Rise to Speak at 2015 Conference
Coastal councils from around Australia are attending the Australian Coastal Councils Conference at Byron Bay today and tomorrow to consider the major challenges facing the nation’s regional coastal communities. Continue reading Coastal Communities Face Complex Range Of Issues