Summary of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans

The Australian Government established the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) in 2008 to lead Australia’s research community to generate the information decision-makers in government, business and the community need to adapt to climate change – that is, to moderate harm and exploit beneficial opportunities arising from climate change.

A key responsibility of NCCARF is to develop National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans (NARPs) for eight themes:
»» Emergency management;
»» Human health;
»» Marine biodiversity and resources;
»» Settlements and infrastructure;
»» Terrestrial biodiversity;
»» Primary industries;
»» Social, economic and institutional dimensions of climate change; and
»» Freshwater biodiversity.

Each Plan summarises the information required for sound decision making about adaptation and gaps in current knowledge, leading to identifying priority adaptation research questions and cross-theme adaptation research priorities for that area.

The Plans collectively provide a blueprint for investment in climate change adaptation in Australia over a five to seven year period. In addition to the original eight Plans, a ninth Plan is being completed focusing on adaptation research needs for Indigenous communities.

This document provides a succinct summary of the priority research questions and topics from each of the NCCARF Climate Change Adaptation Research Plans. Download the full Research Plans for each theme here



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