Addressing the ongoing implications of climate change

Our climate change impact and adaptation research program has spawned initiatives to address a number of climate change challenges.

If you would like more information, or to partner with us on a related project, please get in touch to explore the options.

Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure

The Australian Government committed funding for eight national research networks (nodes) to investigate the effects of climate change on various areas. Settlements and infrastructure was one area identified as worthy of further research. ACCARNSI resided within the School of Engineering at Griffith University and formed part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. Griffith Centre for Coastal Management Director, Professor Rodger Tomlinson, lead the node for coastal settlements.

Beach and Surf Tourism and Recreation in Australia: Vulnerability and Adaptation

In collaboration with researchers from Bond University, we studied the economic importance of beach and surf recreation and the implications of climate change. The project was funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the research agency of the federal Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

The project outcomes included:

  • an estimation of the existing economic importance of beach and surf recreation;
  • identification of key social trigger points which determine tourism and recreation behaviour;
  • the economic consequences that flow from changes in behaviour; and
  • the manner in which key stakeholder and user groups may respond to projected climate change scenarios.


This project was developed within the ongoing collaboration between Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and Surf Life Saving Australia to address coastal hazard risks to surf lifesaving in Australia. The project used a case-study approach to identify climate change adaptation options and explore adaptive capacity, combining stakeholder engagement, systems thinking, systems dynamics and Bayesian modelling within five case studies at:

  • Currumbin SLSC, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • North Kirra SLSC, Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Cudgen Headland SLSC, Tweed Shire, New South Wales
  • Ulverstone SLSC, northern Tasmania.

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