Climate Change Adaptation - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation focuses on coastal and water management, disaster and natural hazard management, urban and regional policy, through planning and development responses.

This theme aligns with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 to take action to reduce the impacts from climate change, to strengthen adaptive capacity to climate-related disasters; integrate climate change resilience measures into policies and planning; and build capability to meet climate change.

The research is underpinned by considerations of SDGs 16, 17 for streamlining cooperation across sectors and across jurisdictions for effective decision-making at all levels.

Key researchers

Key current projects

Coastal Governance

Embracing vulnerability and change

The condition of the Australian coast is declining and facing intensifying threats from global environmental change and urbanisation – this is despite almost 50 years of integrated coastal management efforts. We need to urgently change how we think about and manage our coastal environments, exploring new and better ways to protect Australia’s coastal values. This research:

  • Identifies social-ecological vulnerabilities in changing coastal contexts
  • Critically analyses how vulnerability and change is managed through current coastal governance approaches
  • Assesses the implications for coastal governance innovations that embrace vulnerability and change

The research is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (project FT180100652) and contributes to Future Earth Coasts, a Global Research Project of Future Earth.

Professor Tim Smith  

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