Climate change and adaption

Climate change and adaption

Quick links




CoastAdapt is an information resource centre which houses resources and information on the risks faced from climate change and sea-level rise, and what can be done in response.

Climate Change – trends and extremes

Australian Government – Bureau of Meteorology


This resource provides past and current data and maps of temperature anomaly.

Western Australia’s Climate Policy 

Government of Western Australia  


This policy draws together a suite of climate change actions and sets out new commitments to support a vision for a resilient, low‑carbon future.

Climate Risk Map in WA

Climate Council


The Climate Council’s Climate Risk Map is an interactive map of climate vulnerable places in Australia.

Further listing

Coastal sediments, beaches and other soft shores


This site hosts 10 information manuals that provide scientific and technical information on all aspects of coastal adaptation, including:

  1. Building the knowledge base for adaptation action
  2. Understanding sea-level rise and climate change, and associated impacts on the coastal zone
  3. Available data, datasets and derived information to support coastal hazard assessment and adaptation planning
  4. Assessing the costs and benefits of coastal climate adaptation
  5. Adapting to long term coastal climate risks through planning approaches and instruments
  6. Legal risk. A guide to legal decision making in the face of climate change for coastal decision makers
  7. Engineering solutions for coastal infrastructure
  8. Coastal sediments, beaches and other soft shores
  9. Community engagement
  10. Climate change adaptation planning for protection of coastal ecosystemsCoastAdapt.

C-CADS: Coastal Climate Adaptation Decision Support National Climate Change Adaptation
Research Facility (NCCARF)


This infographic illustrates the six steps of the C-CADS (Coastal Climate Adaptation Decision Support) process:

1 Identify challenges
2 Assess risks and vulnerability
3 Identify options
4 Evaluate options and prepare a plan
5 Take action
6 Monitor and evaluate.

C-CADS provides guidance and support to develop and implement a climate change adaptation plan.

Note: This document is from 2016

Climate risks to Australia’s coast
Australian Government – DCCEE


This report, completed in 2009, presents the findings of the first national assessment of climate change risks for the whole of Australia’s coastal zones.

Influence and Engagement: Priorities for Effective Ocean-Climate Communication
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


This report summarises cross-sector ocean-climate action and collaboration from the UN Ocean Conference 2022 (UNOC), Comms Inc and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch).

Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems
Robyn Paice and Jane Chambers


This report provides insights into climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems, and the consequences for biodiversity and critical ecosystem services.

Overview of the impacts on our coast


This resource outlines what Australian coastal zones are likely to experience under direct and indirect climate change impacts.

Note: Published in 2017

National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy (2021-2025)
Australian Government – DCCEE


The National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy 2021-2025, released in 2021, aimed to position Australia to better anticipate, manage and adapt to a changing climate. The Strategy sets out what the Australian Government will do to support efforts across all levels of government, businesses and the community, to better manage and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

State of the Climate Report


The biennial State of the Climate Report draws on the latest climate research, including observations, analyses and projections to describe year-to-year variability and longer-term changes in Australia’s climate.

Climate change in Australia


In 2015, CSIRO and BoM released a set of national climate projections for Australia. This website houses the results from this research, through a range of tools and downloadable reports.

Western Australias Climate Policy
Government of Western Australia


The Western Australian Climate Policy draws together a suite of climate change actions and sets out commitments to support a vision for a resilient, low‑carbon future. Including initiatives to support a net zero transition across the public sector; initiatives for low‑carbon energy, mining and agriculture; and commitments to guide decarbonisation across the rest of our economy.

Multi-Hazard Tropical Cyclone Risk Assessment for Australia
Cameron Do and Yuriy Kuleshov


This study assessed and mapped TC risk nationwide, focusing on the impacts on population and infrastructure from the TC-related hazards of wind, storm surges, flooding, and landslides. Risk maps were created at the Local Government Area (LGA) level for all of Australia, using collated data on multiple hazards, exposure, and vulnerability.

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)


This website provides a variety of research papers, data and guides in the context of climate change adaptation in Australia.

Population connectivity and genetic offset in the spawning coral Acropora digitifera in Western Australia
Arne Adam, Luke Thomas, Jim Underwood, James Gilmour, Zoe Richards


This study combines regional population genetic connectivity and seascape analyses exploring patterns of genetic offset (the mismatch of gene–environmental associations under future climate conditions) in Acropora digitifera across 12 degrees of latitude in Western Australia.

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