South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQCARI)


The South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQCARI) is a partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and The University of Queensland.

South East Queensland (SEQ) is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its growing population and coastal location. Human settlements, infrastructure, unique ecosystems, and primary industries all face threats from more extreme weather events, increased temperatures and altered rainfall patterns as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these risks and challenges, climate change may also bring some economic and social opportunities.

SEQCARI aims to provide research knowledge to enable the region to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change, developing practical and cost-effective adaptation strategies to assist decision makers in government, industry and the community. The initiative is the first comprehensive regional study on climate change adaptation undertaken in Australia, and one of only a few worldwide. It is exploring both vulnerabilities and adaptation options in response to climate change so that our prosperous regional economy, environment and lifestyles can be maintained into the future.

The Human Settlements Component of SEQCARI covers five principal sectors of: urban planning and management; coastal management; physical infrastructure related to local government; emergency management; and human health. The relevant combinations of the proposed adaptation options, in the form of policies, programs and actions for each of the five sectors, seek to minimise SEQ’s vulnerability to future climate change impacts, including natural hazards.


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Repository Item Troff documentFinal SEQCARI Adaptation Options Main report
This report, Adaptation Options for Human Settlements in South East Queensland, is part of the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI), a partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and The University of Queensland. South East Queensland (SEQ) is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its growing population and coastal location. Human settlements, infrastructure, unique ecosystems, and primary industries all face threats from more extreme weather events, increased temperatures and altered rainfall patterns as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these risks and challenges, climate change may also bring some economic and social opportunities. SEQ CARI aims to provide research knowledge to enable the region to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It will develop practical and cost-effective adaptation strategies to assist decision makers in government, industry and the community. The initiative is the first comprehensive regional study on climate change adaptation undertaken in Australia and one of only a few worldwide. It is exploring both vulnerabilities and adaptation options in response to climate change so that our prosperous regional economy, environment and lifestyles can be maintained into the future. For more information about this and other projects in the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI) visit: www.csiro.au/partnerships/seqcari.html
Repository Item Troff documentSEQCARI Adaptation Options Supplementary Report
This report, Adaptation Options for Human Settlements in South East Queensland, is part of the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI), a partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and The University of Queensland. South East Queensland (SEQ) is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its growing population and coastal location. Human settlements, infrastructure, unique ecosystems, and primary industries all face threats from more extreme weather events, increased temperatures and altered rainfall patterns as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these risks and challenges, climate change may also bring some economic and social opportunities. SEQ CARI aims to provide research knowledge to enable the region to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It will develop practical and cost-effective adaptation strategies to assist decision makers in government, industry and the community. The initiative is the first comprehensive regional study on climate change adaptation undertaken in Australia and one of only a few worldwide. It is exploring both vulnerabilities and adaptation options in response to climate change so that our prosperous regional economy, environment and lifestyles can be maintained into the future. For more information about this and other projects in the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI) visit: www.csiro.au/partnerships/seqcari.html
Repository ItemSEQCARI Hypothetical Case Study Elaboration
This report: Hypothetical Case Study Elaboration, is part of the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ-CARI), a partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and The University of Queensland. South East Queensland (SEQ) is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its growing population and coastal location. Human settlements, infrastructure, unique ecosystems, and primary industries all face threats from more extreme weather events, increased temperatures and altered rainfall patterns as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these risks and challenges, climate change may also bring some economic and social opportunities. SEQ-CARI aims to provide research knowledge to enable the region to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It will develop practical and cost-effective adaptation strategies to assist decision-makers in government, industry and the community. The initiative is the first comprehensive regional study on climate change adaptation undertaken in Australia and one of only a few worldwide. It is exploring both vulnerabilities and adaptation options in response to climate change so that our prosperous regional economy, environment and lifestyles can be maintained into the future. For more information about this and other projects in the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQCARI) visit: www.csiro.au/partnerships/seqcari.html
Repository ItemSEQCARI Issues Paper
This report, Climate change adaptation in South East Queensland human settlements: Issues and context, is part of the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ-CARI), a partnership between the Queensland and Australian Governments, the CSIRO Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship, Griffith University, University of the Sunshine Coast and The University of Queensland. South East Queensland (SEQ) is particularly vulnerable to climate change because of its growing population and coastal location. Human settlements, infrastructure, unique ecosystems, and primary industries all face threats from more extreme weather events, increased temperatures and altered rainfall patterns as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions. Despite these risks and challenges, climate change may also bring some economic and social opportunities. SEQ-CARI aims to provide research knowledge to enable the region to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It will develop practical and cost-effective adaptation strategies to assist decision-makers in government, industry and the community. The initiative is the first comprehensive regional study on climate change adaptation undertaken in Australia and one of only a few worldwide. It is exploring both vulnerabilities and adaptation options in response to climate change so that our prosperous regional economy, environment and lifestyles can be maintained into the future. For more information about this and other projects in the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ-CARI) visit: www.csiro.au/partnerships/seqcari.html


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040104 - Climate Change Processes, 120507 - Urban Analysis and Development
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GECKO – Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council Local Government Association of Queensland Lockyer Valley Regional Council Australian Coastal Society Gold Coast Public Hospital Unit Ipswich City Council Queensland Rural Fire Service State Emergency Service Property Council of Australia (Queensland) Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management Queensland Council of Social Service Queensland Police Service Emergency Management Queensland Queensland Department of Communities Urban Development Institute of Australia (Queensland Branch) Sunshine Coast Regional Council Gold Cost City Council Saint Vincent de Paul International Water Centre Sunshine Coast Public Hospital Unit Australian Institute of Emergency Services The authors acknowledge the important contribution and cooperation of stakeholders from state and local government, non-government and community based organisations and private sector within SEQ who participated in the workshops, interviews and case study research. The Human Settlements team is very appreciative of the time and efforts of the Project Reference Group for their reviews, feedback and contribution to workshops. In particular, we wish to acknowledge and thank the following organisations : SEQ Catchments Surf Life Saving Australia Queensland Department of Community Safety Moreton Bay Regional Council Queensland Department of Local Government and Planning Queensland Health Australian Red Cross (Queensland) Queensland Coastal Council Group
Silvia Serrao-Neumann, s.serrao-neumann@griffith.edu.au
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Darryl Low Choy, Silvia Serrao-Neumann, Florence Crick, Gemma Schuch, Marcello Sanò, Rudi van Staden, Oz Sahin, Ben Harman and Scott Baum, 2012, Adaptation Options for Human Settlements in South East Queensland – Main Report, unpublished report for the South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative, Griffith University. This report should be cited as: