Climate resilient decision support expertise and tools

Explore the links below to discover our expertise and tools developed to assist decision making in relation to climate change adaptation.

The tools can help policy makers, planners and managers undertake climate-related impact modelling and risk assessments and identify adaptation strategies and options. These tools draw upon the latest developments in information communication technology, biophysical modelling and the social sciences. The decision support tools can be populated with user-specified data and information. They can also be further tailored for specific users and geographic locations from local to national and beyond, including in the Asia-Pacific region.

GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY SYSTEMS MODELLING GROUP

The Griffith University Systems Modelling Group is dedicated to learning, research and development of systems thinking and modelling with a special focus on climate change adaptation problems. The research group brings together Griffith University experts in methodologies including Systems Thinking, System Dynamics, Bayesian Modelling and Social Network Analysis and applies them to a range of problems involving ecological, social and economic aspects of human interaction with nature.

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ECOCOMMONS

The EcoCommons Australia Program was funded in March 2020 under the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and 8 partner institutions with $5,256,100 over 3 years: Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), CSIRO Land and Water, Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at Melbourne University, Griffith University, Macquarie University, Qld Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), TERN, University of NSW, and many other national and international partners who have committed in-kind support.

Griffith University is a delivery partner and received $2,664,000 awarded to Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of Griffith Climate Change Response Program.

EcoCommons is intended to become the go-to portal for researchers and decision-makers to analyse, model and visualise solutions to ecological and environmental problems, including the impacts of climate change.

The EcoCommons development component of the project team is sitting within eResearch Services at Griffith and will be soon extended to include colleagues in CSIRO Land & Water, QCIF, ALA and other partners.

More information: EcoCommons@griffith.edu.au

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BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE VIRTUAL LABORATORY

The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) is a “one stop modelling shop” that simplifies the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling. Its mission is to connect the research community to Australia’s national computation infrastructure by integrating a suite of tools in a coherent online environment where researchers can access data and perform data analysis and modelling.

In 2016 the BCCVL as awarded the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) Technical Excellence award. In 2015 the BCCVL was the winner of the Queensland iAward for research and development.

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PACIFIC ICLIM

Since 2014 the Pacific iCLIM project has made significant steps towards enabling better climate change resilience and adaptation planning in the Pacific by improving the discoverability, storage, access and utilisation of climate climate change data and information. The Pacific iCLIM project is a collaboration between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Griffith University. The project is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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CLIMATE CHANGE RISK MANAGEMENT TOOLS

The Queensland Government has released new climate risk management tools which have been developed to help households and small businesses identify and manage climate change risks. The tools contain information on climate change, checklists to assess associated risks and links to other resources. In taking these first steps, households and small businesses can improve their awareness of future risks and be better prepared to respond to present day weather extremes.

The National Climate Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) which is based also based at the Gold Coast campus with GCCRP, is delighted to have been involved in the development of these important tools.

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ECOREGIME MAP

The EcoRegimeMap is an initiative of the research project Valuing Nature: Ecosystem Services for Sustainable Development and a Green Economy. It maps the global governance field for ecosystem services, with the aim of understanding which international and transnational actors are using the concept of ecosystem services; and whether and how international use of the ecosystem services concept has changed over time.

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CLIMATE REGIME MAP

The Climate Regime Map is an interactive 'map' of the international climate change governance regime being developed by the Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law at Griffith University. The tool is being designed to enable stakeholders to visually explore all the components, legal instruments, entities and processes involved in the ongoing climate change negotiations and how these propagate down to the national level. This comprehensive overview is a world's first and in addition to its research applications it will be of practical value to government negotiators and the NGO stakeholders.

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South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative

The South East Queensland Climate Adaptation Research Initiative (SEQ CARI) was the first comprehensive regional study of climate change adaptation for human settlements in Australia, and one of just a few worldwide. Its comprehensive nature was borne out through its coverage of five human settlement sectors - urban planning and management; coastal management; physical infrastructure related to local government; emergency management; and human health.

COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE SYNTHESIS REPORT APP

The Coastal Ecosystems Response to Climate Change Synthesis Report (CERCCS) app provides users with regional climate change projections, information about climate change impacts and adaptation options for coastal Australia. The CERCCS app delivers information on three key areas:

  • Climate change projections – regional terrestrial (rainfall, temperature, solar radiation and soil moisture) and sea level/inundation information
  • Anticipated impacts on ecosystems and species in estuarine, freshwater, terrestrial and marine realms
  • Climate change adaptation options and how they address the threats, plus a step-by-step decision making process and information regarding climate change adaptation.

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APP-2-ADAPT

The App-2-Adapt was developed to improve elicitation of expert opinion from stakeholders engaged in climate change adaptation research. This project was borne out by the observed difficulty stakeholders have experienced when developing ‘participatory’ models.  A computer tablet application (App) was developed for iPAD, tailored specifically to improve elicitation of stakeholder-generated conditional probabilities for Bayesian belief network modelling.

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SURGE IMPACT

Surge Impact is a pilot project led by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, in collaboration with the Griffith Climate Change Response Program. It enables the inundation impacts of a cyclone on a coastal settlement to be simulated and estimated. It is being developed as an adaptation strategic planning tool. More details coming soon ...

TERRA NOVA

Terra Nova is an Australian Climate Change Adaptation Information Hub.  It exists to support more effective climate change adaptation research and responses by improving the accessibility and availability of climate change adaptation data and information.  It allows the discovery and sharing of information and research data on nationally significant sectors and regions that are most vulnerable to climate change threats.  It also gives access to adaptation decision support tools and interactive climate model visualisations.

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