Environment How science is saving Australia’s coastline – Keep it clever

How science is saving Australia’s coastline – Keep it clever

Storm surges, king tides, beach erosion, flooding – they’re among the perils of living in a coastal community. Now a new coastal climate risk management framework called CoastAdapt can help councils better prepare.

CoastAdapt has been developed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) based at Griffith University. It brings together a diverse range of information, maps, guidance, and Australian and international examples of coastal adaptation.

Co-ordinating the best science from around the world, the framework provides reliable information, an online forum and a decision support system. Designed to be easy to use, even for those without a technical background, CoastAdapt incorporates input from about 700 coastal decision makers as a result of an extensive consultation process.

Australia’s coastal zone is highly urbanised. This increases the potential impact of projected climate change effects like more intense storms and sea level rise. The CoastAdapt framework will allow more than 200 coastal councils across the nation to manage risks by being better prepared. Once again, keeping Australia clever is the key to protecting an important aspect of the Aussie lifestyle.