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The NCCARF Adaptation Library holds and provides links to research reports and information to help support decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change. Track down case studies, fact sheets or technical reports relevant to you through the NCCARF Adaptation Library here.




CoastAdapt is an online coastal climate risk management framework developed by NCCARF to support adaptation to coastal climate change and sea-level rise. It includes tools and information on the science of climate change, risks, effective response options, and likely costs of action. It makes use of national data sets and research outputs developed by Australian scientific organisations and includes clear guidance on good practice and links to case studies. CoastAdapt also provides an online community of Australian climate change adapators through CoastExchange, where individuals can connect to share ideas, experiences, opportunities and learn from others working on climate change adaptation. 

Access CoastAdapt here



December 2016: Freshwater, Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity NARPs have been reviewed and updated. We thank everyone who provided their comments and expertise to the reviews. Please click on the links below to access the draft revised NARPs. Final NARPs will be released in 2017. 

The National Adaptation Research Plans are an important tool for coordinating climate change adaptation research across Australia. The plans identify critical gaps in the information available to decision-makers in key vulnerable sectors and regions, set national research priorities, and identify science capacity that could be harnessed to conduct priority research.

Freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity NARP in review

Marine ecosystems and biodiversity NARP in review

Terrestrial biodiversity NARP in review

NARP Summary for Policy Makers (2011)


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Summary prepared by Peter Jacobs and Gillian Andersen (People In Nature). “Implications of Climate Futures for the Australian Alps: adapting and building resilience”.

June 2016


Summary prepared by Dr Rebecca Harris (University of Tasmania).  “Climate variability and biodiversity (past present and future)”

August 2016


Summary prepared by Prof Lesley Hughes (Macquarie University).  “Collateral damage: Impacts on biodiversity of climate change adaptation in human systems”

September 2016


Summary prepared by Prof Jan McDonald (University of Tasmania). Workshop and public forum: “Reforming Australian conservation laws for climate change adaptation”. Forum: “Overcoming barriers to effective conservation under climate change”

December 2016.


Summary prepared by Dr Martin Breed (University of Adelaide). Forum: "Practitioners’ forum to develop recommendations for best practice provencing for restoration under climate change”. 

March 2017


Summary prepared by Dr Rachael Gallagher (Macquarie University). Workshop: “Collaborative trait research and data: a round table discussion about trait data analysis and its value for climate change adaptation planning”

May 2017


Summary prepared by Anne Duncan (Landcare ACT). Workshop: “Being a Landcare group in the age of climate change - planning for a resilient future”

June 2017


Summary prepared by Prof Adrienne Nicotra (Australian National University). Workshop: “Expert working group: Predicting adaptive capacity in Australian alpine plant communities”

June 2017


Summary prepared by Prof Gretta Pecl (University of Tasmania). Workshop: Maximising marine data collection on climate driven impacts observed in eastern Australia to underpin community awareness and adaptation”

June 2017





The Natural Ecosystems Network shares peer-reviewed publications and reports related to Australian biodiversity, ecosystems and climate change adaptation, through its newsletters and social media platforms. These articles span topics such as conservation biology, restoration, refugia and management, and can be reached in the Natural Ecosystems Network library here.



Report card for Terrestrial Biodiversity.

Report card for Freshwater Biodiversity (Western Australia).

Report card for Marine Biodiversity.



The Natural Ecosystems Network is the merger of three adaptation research networks established during NCCARF Phase I (2009-2013). Click on the links below to access the wealth of resources made available through these Phase I research networks:

>> Freshwater Resources and Biodiversity.

>> Marine Biodiversity and Resources.

>> Terrestrial Biodiversity.


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A number of decision frameworks and tools that have been developed to help land-managers and policy makers incorporate climate change into natural resource management plans:


Source Date Description


NCCARF & Department of Environment and Energy Beta version August 2016

Support for coastal decision makers adapting to 
climate change and sea-level rise in Australia.

Also entails CoastExchange - an online forum in which users can interact with peers to share ideas, approaches, opportunities and lessons learned.


Department of Environment, CSIRO and NCCARF 2014 Supporting climate adaptation planning and decision-making for regional NRM.

CATLoG – Climate Adaptation Decision Support Tool for Local Governments (Trück et al. 2013)

NCCARF 2013 Designed for local governments to compare and prioritise investment in climate change adaptation

Weedfutures (Hughes et al. 2013)

Macquarie University, NCCARF 2013 Decision support tool that allows users to determine weed threat for specific regions now and in the future.

Landscapes Future Analysis Tool (Meyer et al. 2013)

NCCARF 2013 Web-based visualisation and decision support tool designed to help Natural Resource Managers.

Systems Thinking Tools for Climate Change Adaptation (Maani 2013)

NCCARF 2013 A guide to a selection of adaptation tools.

Making decisions to conserve species under climate change (Shoo et al.)

Shoo et al 2013 Decision framework to assist managers and policy makers to prioritise decisions around climate change adaptation.

CliMAS (Van der Waal et al.)

James Cook University 2013 Online tool to produce maps and reports of species distributions for the present and climate projections each decade up to 2085 for two emissions scenarios.

Leading adaptation practices and support strategies for Australia: An international and Australian review of products and tools (Robert Webb and Jie-lian Beh)

NCCARF 2013 This report
introduced a structured framework and methodology to analyse end user needs and available support products and services.

Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL)

BCCVL (Griffith University and others) 2016 Biodiversity and climate impact modelling platform. Global, Australia-wide and Regional climate datasets ready to be used for your models.


NeCTAR (University of Melbourne and others) 2011 Nectar Virtual Labs are rich domain-oriented online environments that draw together research data, models, analysis tools and workflows to support collaborative research across institutional and discipline boundaries. 

If you would like to suggest other useful resources or have any feedback about these tools, please .


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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