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Climate Science & Adaptation Challenges


Video documentation of the recent seminar Climate Science & Adaptation Challenges, held in early 2013, is now available to view online.

NARP 2012 Update & Review

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National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan (NARP) for Marine Biodiversity and Resources identifies research required across Australia to inform policy development to help managers of coastal ecosystems and the marine environment and associated industries and communities prepare for the consequences of climate change.

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2012 Marine Report Card

2012 Marine Report Card is an updated version of the 2009 Marine Report Card and demonstrates that climate change is having significant impacts on Australia’s marine ecosystems. The report card provides information about the current and predicted-future state of Australia’s marine climate and its impact on our marine biodiversity. The report card also outlines actions that are underway to help our marine ecosystems adapt to climate change.

NARP: Marine Biodiversity video

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The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Fund NCCARF has developed an overview of research priorities to help Australia better adapt to climate change regarding the diversity and health of life in the marine environment.

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Climate Change Adaptation Publications

imageThe Marine Adaptation Network endeavors to provide current publications referencing climate change adaptation in the marine environment for researchers, government bodies, policy makers, marine stakeholders and students.
Head to Resources for peer-reviewed articles, information sheets, reports, research, toolkits and more. You will also be able to find publications in relation to your region and sector.

Glossary of Terms

Climate change in IPCC usage refers to any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity. The usage differs from that in the Framework Convention on Climate Change, where climate change refers to a change of climate that is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and that is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

Adaptation is the adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic stimuli or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities.

Resilience is defined as the ability of a social or ecological system to absorb disturbances while retaining the same basic structure and ways of functioning, the capacity for self-organisation, and the capacity to adapt naturally to stress and change.

Vulnerability is the degree to which a system is susceptible to, and unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change, including climate variability and extremes. Vulnerability is a function of the character, magnitude and rate of climate change and the variation to which a system is exposed, its sensitivity and its adaptive capacity.

An Integrative Network

The Marine Adaptation Network consists of five inter-connecting themes:

Biodiversity & Resources

The Marine Adaptation Network will improve understanding of, and enhance, adaptive capacity of all sectors within the marine space using an integrative model (Figure 1) of collaboration, engagement and cooperation that cross-cuts between biodiversity & resources, communities, markets and policy (including management and governance).

Figure 1: Integrative model of the Marine Adaptation Network

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The Adaptation Research Network for Marine Biodiversity & Resources is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency being conducted as part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Photos courtesy of: A/Professor Graham Edgar, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, Elivira Poloczanska, Dr Gretta Pecl, Dr Alistair Hobday