Climate adaptation webinar coming to computer near you

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility are hosting a series of webinars to tackle issues in climate adaptation. Each webinar will feature two experts, and provide an opportunity for you, the viewer, to ask questions and join the discussion online.

The webinars are free, but registrations is recommended:

Trade, Aid and Tourism Under Climate Change
Date: 1-2pm, AEST, 19 April
Abstract: 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:

  • (TBC) Moderator
  • Jon Barnett (University of Melbourne)
  • TBC

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)
  • Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (TBC)

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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