In a series of online webinars conducted in 2017 and 2018, NCCARF explored some key climate adaptation topics, including extreme weather and sea-level rise, vulnerability and adaptation in the tourism industry and cities adapting to climate change. Each webinar featured two experts who addressed the topic and answered questions from viewers. 

All webinars are available to view here: 

Climate change, extremes and sea-level rise – where are we heading? (23 Feb. 2018)

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director)
  • Dr Karl Braganza (Bureau of Meteorology)
  • Dr Kathy McInnes (CSIRO)

Good weather guarantee – how climate change might transform tourism (5 Mar. 2018)

  • Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
  • Professor Catherine Pickering (Griffith University)
  • Professor Susanne Becken (Griffith University)

Coastal planning and governance under climate change and sea-level rise (19 Mar. 2018)

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) – Moderator
  • Jo Mummery (University of Canberra)
  • Bruce Thom (Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists)

Extreme climate events: future risks and impacts (21 Mar. 2017)

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?

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

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change (19 Apr. 2017)

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.

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

Urban Adaptation: cities adapting to climate change (3 May 2017)

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’?

  • Dr Sarah Boulter (NCCARF)
  • Professor Barbara Norman (University of Canberra)
  • Associate Professor Ron Cox (University of NSW)

Natural ecosystems: from land to sea (22 May 2017)

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?

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director)
  • Professor Terry Hughes (James Cook University)
  • Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)