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Join experts fromJCU and NCCARF in an online webinar discussing climate adaptation and natural ecosystems on 22 May 2017.

Explore some key climate adaptation topics in a series of online webinars brought to you by NCCARF. Each free webinar will feature two experts, and provide an opportunity for viewers to ask questions and join the discussion online.

Register for one, some or all of the webinars by visiting:


21 March 3-4pm AEST

Extreme climate events: future risks and impacts+

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19 April 1-2pm AEST

Trade, aid and tourism under climate change+


3 May 2-3pm AEST

Urban Adaptation: cities adapting to climate change+


22 May 1-2pm AEST

Natural ecosystems: from land to sea+

Bleaching coral, massive bat and bird die-offs due to extreme heat and changing sex ratios in turtles are just some of the alarming evidence of how our natural ecosystems are already succumbing to the changing climate. The implications for our fauna and flora, as well as the commercial businesses that rely on them (e.g. fishing, farming, forestry and tourism) are broad ranging and potentially devastating. So what – if anything - can we do? Do we need to change the way we manage and conserve our natural resources? Do we need to change our business models?

Join our panel of experts:

  • Professor Jean Palutikof (NCCARF Director) - Moderator
    Professor Jean Palutikof is Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility at Griffith University. She previously managed the production of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report for Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability), while based at the UK Met Office.
  • Professor Stephen Williams (James Cook University)
    Stephen (Steve) Williams is a Professor in the College of Science & Engineering at James Cook University. His research is focused on field-based ecology, understanding biodiversity, assessing the resilience of natural ecosystems to environmental change and using this knowledge to maximize the positive benefits of conservation management and adaptation in the face of a changing global climate.
  • Professor Terry Hughes (James Cook University)
    Professor Terry Hughes is Director of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, at James Cook University, Australia. His research focuses on the linkages between the ecology of reefs and their importance for societies and economies. He has worked extensively in Australia, the Coral Triangle Region, and in the Caribbean. An important aspect of his research is understanding the dynamics and resilience of coral reefs, and translating this knowledge into innovative and practical solutions for improved reef management.


Network Convenor:

Professor Stephen Williams

Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change

James Cook University 


Network Coordinator:

Nadiah Roslan

Centre for Tropical Biodiversity & Climate Change

James Cook University

Workshop awards

Individuals wishing to seek support for workshops or events focused on climate change adaptation and Australian biodiversity can submit proposals using this form. Please note that events must take place before 14 May 2017. 


Click here to view upcoming and past events supported by the Natural Ecosystems Network


Information to help support decision makers prepare for and manage the risks of climate change on our natural ecosystems, including NARPs, Tools, and NCCARF Library here.



About NCCARF: The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) is an initiative of the Australian Federal Government that works to support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. NCCARF is based at Griffith University and is in its second phase of development. NCCARF has established new adaptation networks under a three year program (2014-17) to continue their national focus across Australia to build resilience to climate change in government, NGOs and the private sector.

To view the project plan visit the NCCARF Homepage here

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