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Climate change adaptation: The role of research to support effective investment decisions under uncertainty

Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference

Abstract: The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) was established by the Commonwealth Governmentto ensure Australia is in a position to make sound decisions about climate change adaptation investments. NCCARF's mission is to generate the biophysical, social and economic information needed by decision-makers in government, and in vulnerable sectors and communities, to manage the risks of climate change, by leading the research community in a national interdisciplinary effort. Climate change adaptation is about decisions, investments and actions made by stakeholders; under significant levels of enduring uncertainty. NCCARF addresses the challenge of uncertainty faced by climate change adaptation decision-makers by facilitating and supporting the identification of prioritised research topics, commissioning research to address these topics and communicating the research findings quickly and efficiently to people and organisations who can benefit from them.NCCARF also synthesises existing information, making it more available to decision makers. In addition to research into matters of interest to particular industry or community sectors, NCCARF's research also is concerned with cross-sectoral issues; uncertainty itself is one of the key topics for NCCARF's research portfolio. NCCARF's research model provides a sound approach for generating information that is relevant to key decision-makers in government, business and the community. This paper describes NCCARF's approach and model in the context of it's 'settlements and infrastructure' theme, and outlines the research program relevant to this theme.

To cite this article: McKellar, RD; Cox, RJ and Stock, D. Climate change adaptation: The role of research to support effective investment decisions under uncertainty [online]. In: Daniell, Katherine A. Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference. Barton, A.C.T.: Engineers Australia, 2012: 374-382. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=892602096892162;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780858259119. [cited 01 Jul 16].

Personal Author: McKellar, RD; Cox, RJ; Stock, D; Source: In: Daniell, Katherine A. Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference. Barton, A.C.T.: Engineers Australia, 2012: 374-382. Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780858259119 Subject: Climatic changes--Decision making; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Gold Coast Qld 4222, Australia, email: r.mckellar@griffith.edu.au
(2) Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia
(3) National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University, Gold Coast Qld 4222, Australia

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